Massive floods hit Huaihe river in East China
China's Jiangsu province has been placed on alert after fourth largest flood peak hit the Huaihe river.india Updated: Jul 03, 2003 10:09 IST
China's Jiangsu province has been placed on alert after fourth largest flood peak hit the Huaihe river.
The mainstream of the Huaihe river, one of China's major rivers, was hit by massive floods on Wednesday, according to information provided by the flood control headquarters East China's Jiangsu province.
The volume flowing through the Bengpu sluice gate rose to 7,660 cubic meters per second at 8:00 AM yesterday, the fourth largest since 1949, the headquarters said adding, the river's three flood discharge gates are now all open to expel the excess water.
Consistent rains since June 21 in the Huihe river valley is being sighted as the main reason for the current flood.
Huang li, deputy governor of Jiangsu province and director of the province's flood control headquarters, yesterday urged local governments to step up efforts to deal with the situation.
Nearly 150 people have been killed in China so far due to floods.
First Published: Jul 03, 2003 10:09 IST