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The heavy rain in China is showing no signs of letting up, as more and more floods are being reported throughout the country's waterways. The death toll has now topped 991 while 558 others remain missing.
Northeast China's Jilin Province is among the worst hit. Water levels of the Songhua River and more of its three branches have surged above the danger line. More rain is expected in Jilin. Floods have also struck Hunhe River in neighboring Liaoning Province. And further west heavy rain and snow melt have triggered brutal floods in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The water levels of 13 rivers there including the Manas River have risen above the alert line. There is one bright spot, however. The water levels along the lower reaches of the Yangtze River are slowly receding. The severe flooding has the caught the attention of top leaders.
President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have ordered local governments to put lives and safety at the top of their priorities, and to consolidate the smaller reservoirs in preparation for further disasters.