Almost half a million people have been evacuated from the projected path of
floodwaters from the Huaihe River, which is expected to see its worst flooding
About 343,900 of the 488,800 relocated people came from Anhui Province and
the rest from the adjacent provinces of Henan and Jiangsu.
provincial authorities have mobilized 511,000 people to patrol the Huaihe's
embankments and issue emergency warnings, according to information from the
State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
Thirteen sluices at Wangjiaba, a key hydrological station on the river after
it flows out of Central China's Henan Province and enters Anhui, were opened to
divert water to the adjacent Mengwa Buffer Zone, home to 150,000 people.
The pressure on the embankments along both banks of the Huaihe River has been
mounting, endangering the safety of key cities and railway lines along the
middle and lower reaches of the river.
The Anhui provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters has had to
use three minor flood diversion zones downstream from Wangjiaba yesterday
morning and had to open 14 sluices at Jiangtanghu to divert water in the
Anhui flood control workers have been racing to open the embankment in
unpopulated Qiujiahu so that floodwaters could be diverted there.
Meanwhile, the water level at Hongze Lake, located along the lower reaches of
the river, continued to rise yesterday despite sluices being opened to discharge
Authorities said 23 billion cu m of water upstream, enough to fill six Hongze
Lakes, pose a huge flood threat.
Flood control workers at noon on Tuesday opened more
sluices on the lake to discharge water into the Yihe River and an irrigation
canal running to the sea.