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Dikes near overflowing in E China city

06-20-2011 15:44 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

HANGZHOU, June 20 (Xinhua) -- More than 70 km of rural dikes are close to overflowing in the city of Lanxi in east Zhejiang Province, an authority with the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters said Monday.

More heavy rain started to pound Zhejiang on Saturday afternoon, and the water level of the Lanjiang River, which passes through the city, has risen sharply since Sunday, said Zhao Fayuan, deputy director with the headquarters.

The flood's peak in the upper stream of Lanjiang River was 12,500 cubic meters of water per second at 8 a.m. Monday. The river's water level reached 33.75 meters, the highest since 1966.

Several sections of the city's dikes are barely holding, Zhao said.

More than 20,000 people could be affected if the dikes are breached. Water has already flowed over a few minor dikes, he added.

The flood control and drought relief headquarters initiated an emergency flood control plan on Monday.

Lanxi City has already relocated all threatened residents and sent professionals to reinforce the dikes.

Zhao said the rising levels of major rivers in the province had made flood control work more difficult.

As of 7 a.m. Monday, floods had hit 10 cities in the province with more than 4.41 million people affected by the continuous rainstorms, according to flood control and drought relief headquarters of Zhejiang.

A total of 241,600 hectares of farmlands had been destroyed and 1,846enterprises shut down, incurring 7.69 billion yuan (1.18 billion U.S. dollars) in direct economic losses.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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