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Flooding remains a concern

By Jin Zhu (China Daily)

08:17, July 30, 2012

A section of the 218 National Highway, in Hejing county, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, is severed by floods on early Saturday after continuous rainfall. Gai Niman / Xinhua

China is facing considerable flood control challenges, after torrential rains simultaneously raised water levels on the Yellow and the Yangtze rivers, authorities have reported.

Water flow at the Wubu Hydrologic Station in Shaanxi province, for instance, reached 7,580 cubic meters per second at 8 am on Saturday, the second flood peak to hit the middle reaches of the Yellow River this year.

Flowing at the lower reaches of the river, the peak took the water level at the Longmen Hydrologic Station in Yulin above its warning level, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said on Sunday.

And water at Wubu Hydrologic Station was reported to be flowing at a rate of 10,600 cu m per second at 1 pm on Friday, its highest level since 1989.

Some 40,800 residents in Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces had to be relocated on Saturday because of the threat of flooding, the headquarters said.

On Sunday, the Hukou Waterfall Scenic Area in Shaanxi's Yichuan county reopened to the public, two days after an emergency closure on Friday due to the year's first flood peak to hit the Yellow River.

"Some visitors were allowed back in the morning, but they were not allowed to walk close to the waterfall for safety concerns," said a staff member named Song at the scenic area.

He said water levels at the upper reaches of the Hukou Waterfall are now being monitored full time.


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