China has increased flood alert level due to rain in Wuhan

China has increased flood alert level due to rain in Wuhan

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Shanghai: The central Chinese city, the epicenter of the new coronovirus epidemic, raised its flood level on Monday and splashed with torrential rain and thunderstorms in many parts of the country, including the Yangtze River.
Wuhan upgraded its emergency flood level from Level III to Level 2, the second largest on a four-level scale, with several of its roads submerged after days of heavy downpour.
Officials warned in March that other flood-hit cities between Wuhan and the Yangtze received more than normal rainfall this year.
Mayor Zhou Jianwang promised that critical flood defense work would not be affected by the coronovirus outbreak, leaving the city closed for more than two months. The city was severely affected by the devastating floods on the Yangtze in 1998.
On Monday, torrential rains continued to surround China, from Chongqing in the southwest to Shanghai on the east coast. The provinces of Zhejiang, Anhui, and Jiangsu were declared “yellow alerts”.
According to data from the Ministry of Water Resources on Monday, over 50 places along the rivers of China exceeded the water warning level.
Chen Tao, a senior forecaster of the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), said areas along the Yangtze could receive more than 400 mm of rain in the next three days.
He said that small and medium-sized rivers in particular need attention and there are risks such as mudslides and farm drainage.
“Heavy rain could be the first step in a series of disasters,” he was told on the bureau’s website.
CMA officials said in a briefing on Friday that rainfall in June was 13.5% above the seasonal standard. He said torrential rain and thunderstorms were 43% higher than the average for 2017-2019.

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