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China raises emergency response level for flood control

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-06-23 09:50
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Firefighters rescue students and teachers stranded in dormitories of a middle school by floodwaters in Yakeshi, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, on Tuesday. Days of pouring rain left many parts of the city flooded, with water up to 1.5 meters deep around the campus. LIU LEI/FOR CHINA DAILY

BEIJING -- China's State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Tuesday upgraded its emergency response for flood control from Level IV to Level III, in light of the severe situation on two major rivers in Northeast China.

The water level in parts of the upper reaches of the Heilongjiang River has exceeded the warning level, while some sections have surpassed the safety guarantee level, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

The flood peak has also reached the warning level on the Nenjiang River in northeast China, said the ministry.

Two working groups and one expert group have been dispatched to Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia to assist local authorities with flood control and rescue.

Heavy rainfall will hit parts of China's southern region from Tuesday to Thursday, according to meteorological forecasts.

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