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Yangtze city at center of China's latest flood battle

English.news.cn   2010-07-28 14:13:11 FeedbackPrintRSS

 
 Water sluice down at Three Gorges Dam, central China's Hubei Province, July 28, 2010. A flood peak with water flux of 56000 cubic meters per second reached the Three Gorges Dam at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)

WUHAN, July 28 (Xinhua) -- More than 30,000 soldiers, emergency workers and residents are on guard at dikes near Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, as the city on Wednesday braced for flood waters from two swollen rivers.

According to the Yangtze Water Resources Commission, flood peaks of the mainstream of the Yangtze River and the Hanjiang River, the Yangtze's longest tributary, are expected to converge in Wuhan within 24 hours.

"It is very rare for the two rivers' flood peaks to arrive at Wuhan at the same time," said Hu Xiaohei, an inspector from Wuhan's Bureau of Water Resources.

The city has a population of about 9.1 million and is a major transport and economic hub in central China. It stands at the center of China's latest battle against floods which have left more than 1,400 people dead or missing this year.

"The city's ability to control the huge amount of water is certainly being tested," Hu said.

The level of Hanjiang River, the highest in two decades, rose to 35.39 meters when it passed Xiantao City near Wuhan at midday Wednesday.

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Editor: Lu Hui
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