East China Anhui Province on Saturday announced that 12 cities in the province had entered the emergency period of flood control from noon as continuous downpours have wreaked havoc across vast stretches of the country.
The 12 cities on the banks of the Yangtze River, Huaihe River and Chaohu Lake include Hefei, Bengbu and Wuhu, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.
Currently, the main courses of the Yangtze River and Huaihe River in Anhui have been flowing above warning levels, and the water level of Chaohu Lake is at its highest in history, the headquarters said.
Areas south of the Huaihe River in Anhui are forecast to experience spells of rain before Monday.
China on Sunday allocated more emergency supplies to Anhui Province in support of local flood control and disaster relief work, the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) said.
A total of 1.35 million woven bags, 1.2 million square meters of woven fabric, and 130,000 square meters of geotextile along with other supplies for flood relief were allocated from the national reserves to the province.
In the next three days, heavy rainfall is expected to hit Chongqing, Guizhou and the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, and the situation of flood control will remain grim and complex, according to the meteorological department.
So far, a total of 37,777 people stranded in floods were rescued and over 107,000 people were evacuated by rescue teams.