China-DPRK border flood still severe as new rainstorms loom

15:50, August 22, 2010      

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Photo taken on Aug. 21, 2010 shows roads and houses along the Yalujiang River flooded in Dandong City, northeast China's Liaoning Province. Heavy rains hit Dandong from Aug. 19 to 21, causing flood around the area. (Xinhua/Zhao Guiliang)

Danger of a flooding Yalu River on the border of China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) still looms large as a new round of rainstorm is forecast to pelt Sunday the river basin.

The flood-control headquarters in northeast Dandong City Sunday said although the river's flow was at 8,000 cubic meters per second Sunday morning, down from a daily high of 27,000 cubic meters per second recorded on Saturday, the river course is still holding water at dangerous levels.

More than 94,000 people in Dandong, Liaoning Province, by the Chinese side of the river have been evacuated by Sunday, according to the city's flood-control headquarters.

The local weather station forecast Sunday morning that rains measuring up to 250 millimeters would hit the city in the next 24 hours, posing a severe pressure on the flood control work.

Downpours since Thursday have left four people dead and 44 townships flooded, many of which are suffering from black out and communications disruptions.

The headquarters have monitored 158 embankment breaches along the swollen river.

Source: Xinhua


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