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Central China braces for more floods as Yangtze River flow rates surge

07-26-2010 15:32 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

WUHAN, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Water flow rates through the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province rose Monday, as already drenched riverside towns prepare for even more flooding.

The water flow rate into the Danjiangkou Reservoir from the Hanjiang River, the second largest branch of the Yangtze River, in northern Hubei Province, peaked at 34,100 cubic meters per second Sunday, the highest in almost three decades, the provincial disaster relief headquarters said.

The reservoir's water level is expected to rise to at least 155 meters on Tuesday, about 6 meters above the reservoir's danger level.

Authorities Monday said the flood-control situation along the Hanjiang River remains "very severe" and they have ordered the operation of a flood buffer system -- the diversion of water flows into an emergency reservoir capable of holding 1.6 billion cubic meters of water.

Water flow rates at the Three Gorges Dam, meanwhile, at another section of the upper Yangtze River, rose Monday after a three-day lull.

The water flow rate hit 40,500 cubic meters per second Monday morning, and it is expected to continue to rise until it peaks on Tuesday.

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