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China must act now to prevent Yangtze floods getting worse

It is not just nature but social and financial challenges which government needs to address

| China
Houses around the Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China, are submerged by flood, pictured on July 14.   © Imaginechina/AP

Qingfeng Zhang is Director of the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division of the Asian Development Bank's East Asia Department.

This year, the monsoon season has started earlier than normal in the People's Republic of China, resulting in severe floods that have already affected 38 million people and caused $11.8 billion of direct economic losses.

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