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Natural disasters

China flood alert at highest despite key dam's safety assurance

Estimated damage of $9.2bn and 24m people affected hinder COVID recovery

SHANGHAI -- Local authorities in central China issued their highest flood alert after the water level of a major river reached nearly 29.7 meters on Monday, well above the danger level of 27.5 meters.

The country's National Meteorological Center forecast heavy rains of between 100 mm and 160 mm from Tuesday to Thursday in Sichuan, Anhui, Hubei and Henan provinces.

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