Risk of major flooding increases in Huaihe River

By HOU LIQIANG in Beijing, ZHU LIXIN in Hefei, and CANG WEI in Nanjing | China Daily | Updated: 2020-07-21 07:00
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Police officers evacuate children stranded in floodwaters in Hefei, Anhui province, on Monday. The city has adopted traffic restrictions for some flood-affected roads and mobilized officers to help with flood relief efforts. ZHANG HONGFEI/FOR CHINA DAILY

The risk of major flooding looms increasingly large along the Huaihe River, part of the dividing line between China's northern and southern regions. The rain-swollen river has risen above alert-triggering levels, with more torrential rain forecast for the river's basin.

Due to incessant downpours, the water level at the Wangjiaba hydrological station reached 27.5 meters, its warning level, late Friday, marking the river's first flood of the year.

However, the water level further increased to 29.66 meters at 6:36 am Monday morning, 0.36 meters above the maximum design level for dikes in the section, according to the Huaihe River Commission.

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