China flood death toll climbs as surging waters activate new alarms, dam bombed

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Days of torrential rain and expectations for additional flood led China to raise its flood alert level on a single river into the second-highest degree on Sunday as a dam has been blasted to release towering waters.

The Huaihe River Commission of China’s Ministry of Water Resources stated the Huai River’s ten reservoirs have observed water amounts exceeding flood levels as much as 22 ft, prompting the increase in alert level.

Though the Huai River area is currently below a Level 3 alert, regions along the Yangtze River have announced the maximum flood alarms.

“Floods are happening at precisely the exact same time in the Yangtze River, Huai River and Tai Lake. . .The flooding prevention scenario is quite acute,” the water resources ministry told Reuters.

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In central China, state broadcaster CCTV reported that the dam about the Chuhe River in Anhui province was destroyed by explosives early Sunday morning so as to launch the floodwaters supporting it.

In this aerial photograph published by Xinhua News Agency, rescue workers on a raft are seen going through flood waters to assist evacuate trapped citizens in Sanjiao Township of Yongxiu County in central eastern China’s Jiangxi Province on Monday, July 13, 2020.
(Zhang Haobo/Xinhua through AP)

Following the burst, the water level was expected to fall by over two feet.

Blasting dams and embankments to release water was an intense reaction used during China’s worst flooding in recent decades, for example 1998 when over two,000 people died and nearly 3 million houses were ruined.

A woman pushes a makeshift raft down a flooded alleyway in a village in Yongxiu in central eastern China's Jiangxi province, Thursday, July 16, 2020.

A woman pushes a makeshift raft down a helpless alleyway at a village at Yongxiu in central southern China’s Jiangxi province, Thursday, July 16, 2020.
(Chinatopix through AP)

Water levels on several rivers, including the mighty Yangtze, have been unusually high this season due to torrential rains.

weekly, the controversial Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze started three floodgates since the water level behind the huge dam climbed greater than 50 feet above flood level.

Another flood crest is expected to reach the dam on Tuesday.

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Ever since last month, at least 141 individuals have died and about 28,000 houses are ruined in the Yangtze River area, impacting nearly all of mainland China.

The summer rainy season in China brings floods throughout the nation each year, especially in the southern and central areas. This year, but the consequences have been particularly acute lately.

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About 1.8 million people are evacuated and lead losses credited to flood are estimated at greater than $7 billion, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, water flows out from sluiceways at the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River near Yichang in central China's Hubei Province, Friday, July 17, 2020. 

In this picture released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, water leaks from sluiceways in the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River near Yichang in central China’s Hubei Province, Friday, July 17, 2020. 
(Wang Gang/Xinhua through AP)

Another 23 individuals have died or are missing in flood and landslides because Thursday, bringing the death total to greater than 150.

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Important cities are spared up to now, however, concern has improved over Wuhan and other downstream metropolises which are home to thousands of individuals.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, water flows out from sluiceways at the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River near Yichang in central China's Hubei Province, Friday, July 17, 2020.

In this picture released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, water leaks from sluiceways in the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River near Yichang in central China’s Hubei Province, Friday, July 17, 2020.
(Zheng Jiayu/Xinhua through AP)

Additionally, there are worries the downpours this season could interrupt the global supply chain that is required to attack the coronavirus pandemic, for example, creation of personal protective equipment (PPE), according to Reuters.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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