The water level in the section of the Xiangjiang River, a major tributary of the Yangtze River, in Hunan, reached 39.21 meters at 6:30 a.m. local time above the previous record of 39.18 meters in 1998.
The water level of landmark hydrometric station in Dongting Lake in northern Hunan has risen to 33.7 meters, worsening the flood control situation.
According to the Office of Hunan Provincial Flood Control, the torrential rain has lashed over 14 cities including 115 counties and 1,207 villages. It affected four million people, destroyed 295,160 hectares of crops and damaged 6,369 houses.
At least 13 people were dead and two were missing in the disaster. More than 260,000 people have been evacuated.
Downpours and floods also hit other provinces including Jiangxi and Hubei.
The provincial meteorological experts predict that Hunan will still have more rain next week, adding the more flooding is feared due to the soil moisture saturation.
State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters have launched a level-III emergency response plan to help flood victims on Saturday. – CRI
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