China’s Wuhan issues flooding red alert as river surges after heavy rain

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The Chinese city of Wuhan has raised its flood response alert to the highest level of red after the Yangtze River continued to swell due to torrential downpours in the upper streams.

Shocking footage shows the mighty waterway seemingly hanging above the streets of the city of 11million as disaster-relief workers scrambled to build temporary dams with sandbags.

Officials in Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus was first detected late last year, warned residents to take precautions as water levels fast approached their maximum guaranteed safety level.
The central city of Wuhan and the provinces of Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang have all issued red alerts as heavy rain continue to swell rivers and lakes.

Large parts of China were reeling on Friday from the worst floods in decades, as disruption mounted for supply chains, including for personal protective equipment (PPE), vital in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Social media footage uploaded by a Wuhan resident shows the city’s riverbanks and streets being inundated by the surging Yangtze River on Tuesday.

The city’s officials said today that the water level of the Yangtze would likely stay at around 28 metres (92 feet) ‘for a long period’. This means the river would flow at around four metres (13 feet) higher than Wuhan’s streets, which are 24 metres (78 feet) above the sea level on average.

Another clip released by People’s Daily sees dozens of cars ‘floating like boats’ in Hubei’s Enshi city after the streets are submerged by the raging floodwaters.

 

:The Daily Mail