Millions Affected by China Flooding

While much of China has been suffering through a severe drought, parts of southeastern China are being deluged with the worst flooding in more than 50 years. From Al Jazeera:

The Chinese government has raised its disaster alert to the highest level as the flooding has caused more than $700m worth of damage.

“Severe floods triggered by heavy rains will continue to threaten parts of southern China,” Chen Lei, minister of water resources, said on Monday.

“There is an increasing possibility that downpours, with enhanced frequency and intensity, will continue to lash regions in the south,” he said in a speech posted on his ministry’s website.

Heavy rains hit Zhejiang province over the weekend and the level of a river that passes through Lanxi city has risen sharply, Zhao Fayuan, deputy director of the flood control headquarters, said.

The level of Lanjiang river has now hit 34 metres, the highest since 1966, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

See also a slideshow from the Washington Post and a video from AP:

June 20, 2011 11:03 AM
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