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Heavy rains have caused water levels in the Yangtze River to rise, prompting local governments to step up disaster prevention work.
The level in the upper reaches of China's longest river rose to 20.59 meters on Saturday, 0.59 meters above the danger limit. And authorities are warning of a flood peak of 65 thousand cubic meter per second in the coming 2 to 3 days.
This will be similar to that of the Three Gorges 1998. It will be the highest recorded peak since the Yangtze's great reservoir was built. To lower water levels and ensure people's safety, the great dam increased its discharge by 2 thousand cubic meters per second on Saturday.