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Thousands flee as China rains swell rivers

China evacuated than 100,000 people as a river burst its banks and heavy rains continued to flood the regions it was the Yangtze river as told by the state media.

world Updated: Jul 24, 2010 15:08 IST

China evacuated than 100,000 people as a river burst its banks and heavy rains continued to flood the regions it was the Yangtze river as told by the state media.

At least 100,000 were evacuated from their homes in southwestern Sichuan province after torrential rains caused waters to rise sharply in the Jialing River, a provincial news website said.

The Jialing is a major tributary of the Yangtze, China's longest river.
China has seen its worst flooding in a decade, leaving at least 1,100 people dead or missing, causing massive economic losses, and impacting 120 million people, the government has said.

In Shaanxi province on Sichuan's north, the Luofu river burst its banks in the city of Huayin, forcing 6400 people from their homes,official Xinhua news agency said.
The Luofu feeds into the Yellow river, China's second-longest.

Premier Wen Jiabao issued the latest official warning of possible worse to come during an inspection tour of flood-hit Hubei province.

He urged local authorities nationwide to brace for "more serious floods and disasters," warning that the situation was at a "crucial stage," Xinhua said.

Elsewhere in Hubei, a flood killed one person, left five others missing, and forced the evacuation of 1,200 when it struck the town of Taipingxi not far from the Three Gorges Dam, Xinhua said.

The massive hydroelectric project on the Yangtze river has come under scrutiny as dam authorities struggle to drain its fast rising reservoir swollen by upstream rains while avoiding swamping communities downstream.

Its huge spillgates have gushed gigantic torrents of white water for days as the reservoir on Friday rose to a high for the year, nearly touching the dam's 159metre mark, the government said. Its maximum is beleived to be 175 metres.

However, in a rare bit of good news authority saidthe amount of water pouring into the reservoir upstream from Sichuan and other rainhit areas had dropped to 34000 cubic metres per second on Friday.

That's half the inflow seen earlier in the week, when it hit 70,000 cubic meters per second the greatest amount since the dam was built and the biggest flood crest on the Yangtze since 1987.

The Yangtze is China's longest river and has historically been a source of major flooding.

The dam the world's largest hydroelectric facility was built in part to help tame the unruly river.

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