The Red Cross recently made a decision that the entire Chinese situation was “hopeless” and is devoting its energies to sudden emergencies in other lands. China could use every dollar the Red Cross could command and still show no apparent improvement. The fact is China is never without a famine or two or three famines and when these are not raging, oftentimes the identical districts are scourged by floods. China has had 1,800 major famines since the year 108 BC, which is pretty near a famine a year, according to the nation’s own official records.
In the two years’ famine of 1877 and 1878 it is estimated that 9,500,000 persons starved to death. So many millions died in the famines of 1887, 1889, 1911, and 1916 that enumeration was little better than a guess. In 1920 famine took a toll estimated at 8,000,000. The present famine began in 1929 during which year it claimed 5,000,000 victims with 2,000,000 in 1930, while this year it is said to be somewhat worse.
Source: Montana Standard