China's Jiangxi lowers flood emergency-response level

Updated: 2020-07-27

  East China's Jiangxi Province lowered its flood-control response posture Friday from level I to level II, the second-highest level of China's four-tier emergency-response system for floods.

  Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, the downgrading came in response to a downward trend in water levels of the Yangtze River, China's longest waterway, and of Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the country, said the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

  As of 4 p.m. Friday, water levels at 22 hydrological stations in the province remained above the warning mark, said the headquarters.

  It urged authorities across the province to remain vigilant against any risks and make every effort in flood control and disaster relief.

  Jiangxi, which is at the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze, is one of the regions worst hit by flooding. From July 6 to 20, severe floods affected more than 7 million people, forced the relocation of nearly 700,000 people and damaged 659,700 hectares of crops in the province. Direct economic losses amounted to 20.73 billion yuan (about 3 billion U.S. dollars). 


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