Wed, July 14, 2010
China > Mainland > Rainstorms sweep southern China

Floods, swollen reservoirs force evacuation of 10,000 in east China

2010-07-14 05:32:52 GMT2010-07-14 13:32:52 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

NANCHANG, July 14 (Xinhua) -- More than 10,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in east China's Jiangxi Province Wednesday morning after heavy rainfalls triggered flash floods and overtopping of three reservoirs, flood control authorities said.

The intense rainfall hit the province's northern areas early Wednesday, triggering flash floods and swollen reservoirs.

Water has spilled over dikes at three reservoirs in Poyang County, the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters said.

Workers are rushing to dig and widen emergency waterways to lower the water levels in the swollen reservoirs.

No casualties have been reported so far, according to the headquarters.

Jiangxi's meteorological department Wednesday morning issued a red alert -- the highest level -- warning of the torrential rains.

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