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Photos: China faces one of its worst floods ever and it's not over yet

Priyata Brajabasi | Updated on: 7 July 2016, 4:52 IST

Heavy rain around China's Yangtze river basin has left more than 120 people dead and many others missing. More damage is feared from a typhoon expected to land this week.

Floods have ensured some 1.3 million people to evacuate vast areas near China's longest river, the official Xinhua news agency cited the Civil Affairs Ministry as saying.

Millions more are threatened by the continuing downpour, which began at the end of June and has already destroyed at least 41,000 homes, according to Xinhua.

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China's national observatory issued an orange alert for storms across the country's south and east last week - the second highest warning in a four-tiered system.

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Water levels in Taihu Lake near Shanghai are at their highest level in decades which said the area faces a serious risk of flooding if a typhoon hits on Friday as forecast.

Horrific pictures have emerged from China over social media. In one, a farmer in eastern China cries as the waters rose drastically around his pigs.

Another showed a sports stadium in the central province of Hubei turned into a "giant bathtub".

Damage estimated at the moment is more than $7.7 billion and 42 people are missing, according to Xinhua.

China's Vice Premier Wang Yang has also warned last month that a strong El Nino effect this year would increase the risk of flooding in the Yangtze and Huai river basins.

The El Nino effect was linked to China's worst floods of recent years when more than 4,000 people died in 1998, mostly around the Yangtze.

Photos curated by: Vikas Kumar

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First published: 7 July 2016, 4:52 IST
 
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Priyata thinks in words and delivers in pictures. The marriage of the two, she believes, is of utmost importance. Priyata joined the Catch team after working at Barcroft Media as a picture desk editor. Prior to that she was on the Output Desk of NDTV 24X7. At work Priyata is all about the news. Outside of it, she can't stay far enough. She immerses herself in stories through films, books and television shows. Oh, and she can eat. Like really.

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