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Water level rises in Yangtze and Huaihe rivers

07-21-2010 14:29 BJT Special Report:Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

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Let's first take a look at China's longest waterway, the Yangtze River, where pressure is mounting due to the worst floods in decades.

The water levels in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze remain above the warning line, posing severe challenges to flood control and disaster prevention.

Meteorologists say the situation is expected to continue. Meanwhile, the water level in the Huaihe River also surged to almost a meter above the warning line. Jiangxi Province's Poyang Lake has also seen its water level surpass the alert level. The upper reaches of China's longest river withstood a flood peak on Tuesday, but dangers are looming ahead due to the heaviest downpours in decades.

The Yangtze River plays a part in 70 to 75 percent of the floods in China. In 1998, a catastrophic overflow of the country's longest river killed 4,100 people, and destroyed more than 5 million houses. This year's torrent is stronger than the one in 1998.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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