Meltwater flooding at China-Russia border river inundates farmland

2013-05-17 15:33:17 GMT2013-05-17 23:33:17(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HARBIN, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Meltwater-triggered floods along the Ussuri, a border river between China and Russia, have inundated nearby farmlands and an aquatic product base, authorities said Friday.

Water levels at the section of the river in Hulin City, Heilongjiang Province, have exceeded the warning level by 44 cm since April, and 250 hectares of farmland near the embankment area have been inundated, according to a statement issued by the city government.

The Nandaohu aquatic product base, located 2 km away from the river, was also inundated, with nearly 350 tonnes of fish fry flushed away, it said.

According to the statement, high precipitation last fall contributed to meltwater flooding along the river this spring.

Experts have said that the water levels of the river have peaked and will drop in the coming days.

Affected by the flooding, farmers near the embankment are expected to delay their spring plowing for more than 20 days.

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