More than 3.5 million people in China's central province
of Hubei have now been affected by the heavy rain which has been lashing the
country over the last five days.
Storms first hit the region towards the end of June and have sparked
flooding and landslides which have killed 26 people and forced over 70,000 to
leave their homes.
Despite the rains easing over the last 24 hours, the Yangtze, and many other
major rivers running through Hubei remain dangerously high. Officials are
continuing to monitor the levels hoping that the water will begin to recede
before any more significant rainfall hits the region.
The flooding has caused a huge amount of economic
damage with government officials estimating losses at just over $100
million. Since the start of this year more than 40 million people have
been affected, with over 118,000 homes now destroyed.
Flooding is a huge problem in China, with over 2500 people dying from
floods and typhoons last year.