The section of the Yangtze River is expected to reach its highest flood peak this year in Jiujiang section, Jiangxi Province. Water levels are still 60 centimeters above the warning level. Protecting the flood barrier has been a crucial task for both the local government and residents.
Two islands in the Yangtze River are in danger, due to increasing flood waters that keep washing the protection barriers.
Rescuers are using rocks and sandbags to consolidate the base.
Jiang Xianlai, Official, JIangxi Mianchuan Flood Control, said, "The water level of the Yangtze River is the highest in 10 years. In the 1998 floods, Mianchuan barrier collapsed in several places. It wasn't tested in the past decade. There have been collapses since this year's flood season began. We have prepared 20 cubic meters of rock, and will try to place them down in the shortest time. "
8000 rescue workers are involved, including local residents, armed police and troops.
Zhang Guangzhou, Nanjing Military Area Command, said, "We have 400 soldiers throwing in rocks, so far, 800 cubic meters have been thrown in. We also worked with local residents to keep a watch on the barrier and help clean the mess around it. "
Temperatures have reached up to 39 degrees Celsius in the past few days. Working under the sun has been another great challenge for rescuers.
Xu Wendong, Nanjing Military Area Command, said, "So far no one has gotten heat stroke, but some are not feeling well, it is too hot but we have taken some measures, prepared medicine and put salt in the drinking water. "
The local flood control headquarter says the barrier is under control and residents living in dangerous areas have been relocated.