Days of torrential rain have brought record water levels to many tributaries of the Yangtze River. Millions of people in provinces along China's longest river are affected by the floods.
Central and local governments have put emergency relief plans into operation, and are making maximum efforts to tackle the disaster, and help those affected. The Secretary General of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, Liu Ning, who is also vice minister of water resources, is due to give a briefing on the current flood control efforts.
On Tuesday, the largest flood peak this year smoothly passed the upper reaches of the Yangtze River after being controlled by the Three Gorges Dam. But as rain continues to hit the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, many of the Yangtze's tributaries including the Jialing, Minjiang, and Tuojiang rivers in southwest China are still above warning levels.
In the Yangtze's middle reaches of Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province, water levels remain above the danger warning. Water levels at Dongting, Poyang and Tai lakes have also surpassed warning levels.
Historically, Yangtze River floods caused huge losses to China in 1931, 1945 and 1998. The floods in 1998 killed over 4 thousand people, and forced more than 18 million people out of their homes. They caused economic losses of 255 billion yuan, about 38 billion US dollars.