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Media captionChina’s flood response alert has been raised to the second highest stage

China has raised the flood alert stage on a river within the east of the nation after days of heavy rainfall.

Officers have moved the alert warning on the Huai river from Stage III to Stage II, the second-highest tier, amid fears of additional torrential downpours.

Heavy rains have swept throughout China for weeks, from the southwest to the east coast.

At the very least 14 people have reportedly died within the south of the nation as a result of flooding.

Thousands and thousands have been evacuated and hundreds of troops have been deployed throughout the nation to assist shore up defences.

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“Floods are occurring on the identical time on the Yangtze River, Huai River and Tai Lake…The flood prevention state of affairs could be very extreme,” the water assets ministry reportedly stated.

The 1,100km (683 mile) Huai river passes by the provinces of Henan, Anhui and Jiangsu and a number of other main cities, together with Fuyang, Xinyang and Huainan.

Officers stated 10 reservoirs on the Huai had seen water ranges rise by as much as 6.85m (22ft).

China usually endures flooding within the wet summer season months, however there are issues the downpours this yr may disrupt world provides wanted to sort out the coronavirus pandemic – together with private protecting tools (PPE).

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