On Sunday, July 19, Chinese officials raised the flood alert for the Huai river to its second-highest tier from Level III to Level II amid concerns of a further rise in water level as heavy rainfall continues. Thousands of coastal residents in the provinces of Jiangsu, Henan, and Anhui have been ordered to evacuate to higher ground. Officials have stated that 10 reservoirs on the Huai have seen water levels rise by up to 7 m (23 ft). The army has been deployed to build barricades in affected areas, in an attempt to keep floodwaters at bay.
While season flooding is a common occurrence in China, the rainfall this year is reportedly the heaviest in 30 years. Further heavy rainfall is expected throughout next week, expecting to bring additional flooding, landslides, and associated disruptions.
Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions, anticipate transportation and business disruptions, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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