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Flooding remains a concern (2)

By Jin Zhu (China Daily)

08:17, July 30, 2012

According to China Three Gorges Corp, water was released from the Three Gorges Dam at a rate of 45,100 cu m per second on Sunday in an effort to reduce the flood risk on the upper reaches of the Yangtze.

"But controls will not be eased back any time soon, as rainfall is again expected on upper reaches of the Yangtze," the headquarters said.

On Sunday, part of Jiangxi province's Poyang Lake, China's largest freshwater lake, saw water levels exceed warning levels, as flooding on the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze raised heights.

The level at the lake's Xingzi Station had risen to 19.01 meters by 8 am on Sunday, its highest in two years, and 1cm above its official warning level, Tan Guoliang, head of the Jiangxi provincial hydrographic bureau, told Xinhua News Agency.

Also affected by rising water on the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze, levels at the Jiujiang section of the river in Jiangxi had risen to 19.54 meters by 8 am on Sunday, more than a meter higher than six months ago, and the water was still rising, he said.

Meanwhile, train services resumed on the flood-hit Nanjiang Railway in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on Sunday morning.

Five trains operating on the line on Saturday were ordered to stop at the nearest station due to flooding and mudslides unleashed by continuous rain. No casualties were reported, the Urumqi railway bureau said on micro blog on Sunday.

Heavy rains and storms are again expected to hit most areas of the country from Sunday to Tuesday.

During the same period, torrential rain is being forecast specifically for central parts of Heilongjiang province, southeastern parts of Hebei province, and southern parts of Tianjin, bringing precipitation of up to 120 mm in some regions, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

At the other end of the scale, a heat wave is now being forecast for regions along the Yangtze, Huaihe and Hanjiang rivers, as well as Chongqing, with temperatures rising to 38 C from Sunday to Tuesday, it said.

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