After the Flood: Never Let Bygones Be Bygones

After the Flood: Never Let Bygones Be Bygones

Organisation: Caixin Media Company Limited (China)

Publication Date: 04/06/2017



===> The topic to address: in summer 2016, there were a series of massive floods in China, affecting more than ten million people and killed thousands across the country. In some cities of north China, the loss was enormous. The public doubted if the local officials failed to take precaution and cause the loss. ===> The goal of the project is to record and reflect on the often unnoticed disasters: flooding is the most common disaster in China. However, the news and discussion on that is often overlooked in the post-truth era, where the scandals and outrageous incidents can catch the most attention. The team therefore would like to record and reflect on the issues on the disaster. ===> A series of human stories as a prelude: this project is a retrospective and explanatory reporting, with the interviews on the field after the flood as the beginning. The human stories and the voices of the flood victims deserve to be heard. ===> Multimedia explanatory reporting: The project also includes the discussion on the human impact on the flood vulnerability of the environment as well as the change that has to been made on disaster management and relief service in response to rapid urbanization. Scientific explanation on why China is vulnerable to flood hazard is also discussed. ===>Although the open data environment is not satisfactory in China. The team managed to find the data from some official document and open data sources like the database of Global Telecommunication System of World Meteorological Organization. ===> The project was originally published in Chinese and then translated into English.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

===> The project is a multimedia reporting with photo essay, before-and-after aerial photography, and recap video to assist storytelling and enhance audience empathy. ===> Virtual reality (VR) technology is used on the mobile version of the project, providing a more realistic representation of the flood event. ===> Mobile adaption: in China, mobile news reading is more predominant. The project also provides a lighter mobile version for mobile audience ( On this version, a message to encourage users to check the desktop version is attached. The project also switches automatically between versions according to the device detected. ===> Meteorological data is visualized on a map: on the rainfall map, each raining event in China is depicted as a simulated as a water droplet on a surface, with the diameter of representing the precipitation amount and the colour gradient representing the frequency of rain in the particular district. ===> Historical data shown on graph to raise awareness: several data graphs in the project to show that the damage by flood disaster in China is extensive. And this should not be neglected in average years without massive flooding. ===> Cooperation with other department: the data reporting team worked with video and photography department in the media in the project from the beginning and discuss reporting plan together.

Technologies used for this project:

HTML5, CSS, D3, JavaScript for programming; KRPano for VR presentation
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