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Flood forced 3,700 residents in east China to relocate

(Xinhua)

08:14, May 02, 2012

NANCHANG, May 1 (Xinhua) -- More than 3,700 residents in east China's Jiangxi Province who are threatened by flood risks triggered by massive rainfall have been relocated, local authorities said Tuesday.

By 5 p.m., continuous rainstorm had affected lives of 201,000 people, and 280 houses had been toppled, according to a statement issued by the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

Over 30,000 hectares of crops were damaged, mainly in cities of Jingdezhen, Fuzhou and Yingtan, said the statement.

By 2 p.m. Tuesday, water levels of three major reservoirs in the province had exceeded the flood alert level, it said.

The provincial government has ordered relevant departments to take precautions to avoid embankment breaching and make preparation for disaster relief work.

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