More flooding expected in NE China

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Torrential rains are expected to worsen conditions before Thursday in northeastern China, where the worst flooding in five decades has already left thousands of homes inundated, meteorological authorities warned.

An aerial photo shows flood-hit villages in Tongjiang, Heilongjiang province, on Monday. Northeast China is battling its worst floods in five decades, caused by heavy rain since Aug 14.

The National Meteorological Center forecast on Tuesday that medium to heavy rain will batter the flood-hit Songhua River through Wednesday evening, which may challenge the local flood control capacity.

In Heilongjiang province, many rivers had burst banks, in some areas with water levels nearly 4 meters above the safety level on Tuesday, flood control experts said.

Authorities should make full preparations to avoid levee breaches, Dai Chunsheng, head of the provincial water conservancy and hydropower investigation and design institute, said in Heilongjiang Daily on Tuesday.

The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters also asked authorities in Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces to strengthen supervision and make every effort to guarantee residents’ safety, according to a statement released by the headquarters on Monday.

On Monday, Premier Li Keqiang and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev agreed in a phone conversation on mutual assistance to fight the flooding in both countries.

It was their second phone conversation in less than a week as the two countries battle devastating floods in eastern Russia and northeastern China this month.

Li said their close contact and cooperation on disaster prevention and relief along the Heilong River, known as the Amur in Russia, demonstrated an elevated level of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.


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