Flooding in China Continues as Dikes Near Overflowing as presented by: Sacramento Bee

More than 40 miles of dikes are in danger of overflowing in an eastern Chinese province where floods have caused $1.2 billion in losses, authorities said Monday as the country neared a critical point in battling seasonal rains. Heavy rains pounded Zhejiang province over the weekend, and the level of a river that passes through Lanxi city has risen sharply, said Zhao Fayuan, deputy director of the provincial flood control headquarters. The level of Lanjiang river has now hit 110 feet (34 meters), the highest since 1966, the headquarters said. Recent flooding has destroyed 600,000 acres (241,600 hectares) of farmland and caused 1,846 companies to stop production in Zhejiang, incurring 7.69 billion yuan ($1.19 billion) in direct economic losses, the flood control agency said. Of these, 3.4 billion yuan were agricultural losses. Residents walk past houses destroyed by a landslide triggered by torrential rain in Zhanqiao township of Linxiang city in south China's Hunan province. A man on a motor scooter makes his way through floodwater in Yingtan, east China's Jiangxi Province on June 19, 2011. A man tries to hold up a woman after stepping into a drain while attempting to walk through flood waters in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality on Friday, June 17, 2011.

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