More Rain Forecast for China as Yellow River Level Surges

China is forecast to get more rain in the next three days, increasing the risk of renewed flooding as water levels of the Yellow River, the country’s second- biggest, rise to the highest in decades, the government said.

Heavy rains will fall in regions stretching from northwestern Heilongjiang province to northwestern Gansu, and to southwestern Yunnan from today to July 31, the official National Meteorological Center said in a statement on its website yesterday. Torrential rains measuring as much as 120 millimeters (4.7 inches) may hit some regions, it said.

About 40,000 people in the northern provinces of Shanxi and Shaanxi have been evacuated as water in the Yellow River, which runs west-east across northern China, swells to the highest levels in decades, China Radio International said yesterday. Rain in Shanxi left six people dead and four missing, according to Xinhua news agency.

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