Heilongjiang, China

Just across the border (and river) from the floods in Russia’s far eastern province, Heilongjiang in China is suffering a similar fate as its Russian neighbour.

In a statement made last week (Wednesday 4th September) local authorities said that the heavy rainfall and resulting floods in the the Chinese province of Heilongjiang have now affected as many as 5.2 million people. Over 330,000 have been evacuated from their homes from 900 or more towns and villages in the province. Nearly 20,000 houses have been completely destroyed by the floods, and roads have been damaged or blocked. Economic losses are estimated to be as much as 3.2 billion US dollars.

Levels of the Heilong Jiang river (known as the Amur river in Russia), have been excessively high since the heavy rainfall began in mid August, reaching danger levels in many places. Fuyuan Port in Fuyuan county sits on the Heilong Jiang and is one of the provinces cities most vulnerable to the current flood situation. Some media reports claim that the flooding has peaked there, after water levels rose to 2.35 metres above the warning level on 1st September at the Fuyuan section of Heilongjiang River. At that point river levels were 89.95 metres. High river levels elsewhere are only expected to return to normal from around 30th September, forecasters say. Levels of the other major rivers in the province – the Nenjiang and Songhua rivers – have also above danger levels.

More than 10,000 soldiers have been sent to the area to help with building flood defences and help flood victims.

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Sources: ReliefWeb; China People Daily