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Yangtze River water levels rise after rain

07-19-2010 08:34 BJT

BEIJING, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Water levels in the upper- and middle-sections of the Yangtze River have risen due to heavy rainfalls, a statement on the website of China's State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said Sunday.

Several vessels sail on the up-surging Yangtze River at the section of Jiujiang, east China's Jiangxi Province, June 27, 2010. The water level on the trunk stream of the Yangtze River in the Jiujiang section rose to 20.18 meters by 19 o'clock on the day, 0.18 meters above the alert level, with a corresponding flows rate as quick as 40,300 cubic meters per second, as an aftermath of previous persistent strong downpour, for the first time since 2003.(Xinhua/Hu Guolin)
Several vessels sail on the up-surging Yangtze River at the section of Jiujiang, 
east China's Jiangxi Province, June 27, 2010. The water level on the trunk stream of
the Yangtze River in the Jiujiang section rose to 20.18 meters by 19 o'clock on the
day, 0.18 meters above the alert level, with a corresponding flows rate as quick as 
40,300 cubic meters per second, as an aftermath of previous persistent strong downpour, 
for the first time since 2003.(Xinhua/Hu Guolin)

The level in Dongting Lake had risen to 32.53 meters at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, about 0.02 meters above the alert level and the first time the level has risen above the alert level this flood season.

The Three Gorges Reservoir flood peak is expected to be at a speed of 66,000 cubic meters per second Monday, said Liu Ning, vice minister of water resources.

The situation is severe in the upper- and middle-sections of the Yangtze River, Liu said.

The headquarters has urged local governments to step up efforts to fight the floods.

The headquarters Saturday allocated 15,000 life jackets to Jiangxi Province and dispatched eight teams to affected areas.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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