China raises 'flood-surge' reaction to second-highest level

Elias Hubbard
July 13, 2020

"As of July 12, 37.9 million people have been affected as a result of floods in 27 regions, including the provinces of Jiangxi, Anhui, Hubei, and Hunan".

The headquarters raised China's flood response level from level III to level II, second highest level.

Authorities in Jiangsu province in the Yangtze Delta issued orange flood alerts on Saturday - the second-highest - saying huge, long-lasting volumes of water would pour from the river.

Water levels at the country's largest freshwater lake in Jiangxi reached a record high.

The announcement came after Poyang Lake, China's largest freshwater lake located in the eastern province of Jiangxi, saw its water level at the Hukou station nearing the guaranteed level of 22.5 meters at 4 p.m. on Sunday, indicating an extraordinary emergency of flood control.

Incessant downpours and upstream inflows have kept the water level in the lake above its danger level since July 5, it said.

China is entering the key period of flood prevention, said Ye Jianchun, vice minister of water resources, warning the situation in the Yangtze River and Taihu Lake are still severe. 76,000 people have been rescued or evacuated, said Zheng.

Jiangzhou county, an island in the middle of Asia's longest river at the end of the lake, issued a call on social media for everyone from the town aged 18 to 60 to return and help fight the flood, citing a severe lack of hands to reinforce dams.

Over 510,000ha of crops were damaged and the province alone had suffered direct economic losses of 8.13 billion yuan (S$1.61 billion).

Other provinces in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River have also lifted their response level.

After that, precipitation in the region is expected to weaken.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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