Heavy rain affects millions in east China's Anhui

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Heavy rain has affected over 2.79 million people in east China's Anhui Province, with the water levels of the Yangtze River in the province staying above warning levels, local authorities said on Wednesday.

The downpours, which started on July 2, have affected 10 cities and 54 county-level administrations in the province, leading to the evacuation of 543,000 people and a direct economic loss of 10.69 billion yuan (about 1.53 billion U.S. dollars) as of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the provincial disaster reduction and relief committee office said.

The rain has also affected 265,300 hectares of crops.

The province raised its emergency response for disaster relief from Level III to Level II starting from 10 p.m. on Tuesday as the main stream of the Yangtze River in the province had seen water exceeding warning levels, according to the office. 

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