Over 140 Dead or Missing in Floods that Have Wreaked Havoc in China, 37 Million Affected

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FILE PHOTO: People swim close to a pavilion partially submerged in floodwaters on the banks of the Yangtze River, following heavy rainfall in Wuhan, Hubei province, China July 8, 2020. China Daily through REUTERS/File picture

Over 140 individuals have died or are missing in the catastrophic floods which were wreaking havoc in China since last month, affecting more than 37 million and damaging 28,000 homes, media stories mentioned on Monday.

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China’s State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters upgraded the emergency response for flood management from degree III to degree II on Sunday, as incessant downpours continued throughout huge stretches of the nation.

Over 2.24 lakh individuals have been relocated as China faces “flood disaster” with 433 rivers in spate, testing the energy of a number of the water barrages together with the world’s largest Three Gorges Dam.

The floods have affected 37.89 million individuals in 27 provinces, autonomous areas and municipalities. Since June, 141 persons are lifeless or missing, and 28,000 homes have collapsed, state-run CGTN quoted the Ministry of Water Resources as saying.

The water ranges of 433 rivers in China have crossed the risk mark since early June, with 33 of them rising to historic highs.

The water degree of Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, on Sunday hit record-high. The Eastern Zhejiang Province raised its flooding emergency response to the top-level alongside the Qiantang River.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday known as for the best efforts to courageous challenges and to go to the frontline of flood prevention and rescue and reduction work to make sure the protection of individuals’s lives and property.

Noting that the water in the Yangtze River, Huaihe River, in addition to in Dongting Lake, Poyang Lake and Taihu Lake has exceeded warning ranges, and areas together with Chongqing, Jiangxi, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu and Zhejiang have seen extreme floods recently, inflicting casualties and property losses, Xi mentioned the flood prevention scenario is grim, state-run China Daily reported.

Authorities ought to take simpler flood management measures and do stable work in monitoring and early warning, security hazards checking at dikes and reservoirs, emergency response and resettlement of the affected individuals, Xi mentioned.

A front-page report in the official each day Global Times mentioned: “China faces flood disaster”.

Zhang Boting, a senior analyst on the China Society for Hydropower Engineering, informed the Global Times that with the Three Gorges Project, the mainstream water degree might stay low by holding the water in the higher reaches of the Three Gorges Reservoir, with Poyang Lake and different tributaries with the ability to discharge water into the Yangtze’s mainstream.

The Yangtze’s reaches are a lot safer than they had been in 1998, Zhang mentioned.

[Headline and report might have been reworked by the The News Everyday; rest generated from a syndicated feed.]

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