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China Issues Flood Warning Before Yangtze Peaks, Xinhua Reports

China’s State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said it started a level-II emergency response to flooding, the second-most severe of five warning levels, to prepare for surging water flows down the Yangtze river and nationwide floods, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The Three Gorges Dam will have its largest flood peak this year today, with maximum flow of 70,000 cubic meters of water a second, the official news service reported. Water levels in in the river’s upper reaches are “exceedingly high,” it said.