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The latter half of July and first half of August constitute the major flood season for most parts of China. After heavy rainfall, the water levels of the lower reaches of both the Yangtze and Hanjiang rivers are still high, while levels in the Songhua River and its branches are rising.
More rains are expected to add to the flooding in the Songhua basin, which is already facing the worst floods in a century. Record rains have also left thousands of reservoirs in a dangerous state and have weakened the banks of major rivers.
Locals have been mobilized to reinforce the embankments. Authorities estimate the floods have inflicted economic losses in 28 provinces and regions at tens of billions of dollars.