Heavy flooding continues to put China in trouble as torrential rains batter multiple regions of the country. The flood began in June and many parts of the country have already submerged in water.
33 rivers of China have hit the highest record levels as flood continues and situation remains grim. These rivers have hit their highest levels in history during the current flood as per the reports from senior water ministry officials.
Ye Jianchun, the vice-minister of water resources, told a briefing that 433 rivers – as well as major lakes like the Dongting, the Poyang, and the Tai – have all risen beyond their warning levels since the flood season began in June.
“Going into the key flood-prevention period of late July to early August, the current trends remain grim on the Yangtze and the Lake Tai basins,” he said, adding that the belts of heavy rain that have lashed central China would eventually head north.
Flood-control authorities throughout the Yangtze basin have already declared “red alerts” that cover major population centers such as Xianning, Jiujiang, and Nanchang.
A red alert has also been declared at the Poyang Lake, where water levels are more than 3 meters higher than normal, another record high.