Seasonal rains have caused floods in Eastern and Southern Chinese regions, the country neared a critical point since more than 40 miles of dikes are in danger of overflowing. Landslides have been triggered, power and telecommunications have been cut and more than 180 people are dead or missing. There are $1.2 billion in losses until now, authorities reported on Monday.
The heavy rains pounded Zhejiang province over the weekend, and the level of the Lanjiang river, which passes through Lanxi city, has risen sharply (110 feet, the highest since 1966).“More than 20,000 people could be affected if the dikes are breached”, informed Zhao Fayuan, deputy director of the provincial flood control headquarters.
China’s national weather agency said Monday that torrential rains will continue in southern and eastern areas for the next three days. (MS)