China raises flood response to second-highest level
BEIJING - China's Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) on Sunday raised its emergency response alert for flood control to Level II, the second-highest in the response system, as heavy downpours continued to lash vast stretches of the country.
The State newsagency, Xinhua, said that, since July 4, alert-triggering floods had been observed in 212 rivers nationwide, among which 19 topped previous water level records, according to the MWR.
vincial regions, including Jiangxi, Anhui, and Hubei, had resulted in the deaths or disappearance of 141 people, and 2.25 million emergency relocations this year.
Around 28,000 homes were flattened and 3.53 million hectares of crops have been affected, Xinhua said.