East China Yixing copes with flood aftermath

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East China Yixing copes with flood aftermath

Yixing city has been hit by some of the worst floods in its history. The water levels of rivers and lakes in and around the city have hit dangerous highs. Around 5,000 residents have been evacuated to temporary relocation sites.

CCTV’s Wu Haojun reports.

East China Yixing copes with flood aftermath

East China Yixing copes with flood aftermath

Yixing city has been hit by some of the worst floods in its history. The water levels of rivers and lakes in and around the city have hit dangerous highs. Around 5,000 residents have been evacuated to temporary relocation sites. CCTV’s Wu Haojun reports.

Guanlin Primary School is one of three temporary shelters that the government has set up to house people affected by the floods. People are being given food. But not much. A bottle of mineral water and a plate of fried rice. This is today’s lunch for people living in the shelter. But evacuees are thankful for the help. They said the dishes are simple but satisfying.

Some evacuees like, Li Shunmei and her sister, have found their own way to kill the time. They have finished a cross-stitch project that they started over a year ago. “Clothing is worthless. But my cross-stitch can be sold for at least tens of thousands of yuan” Li said.

Continuous rain has swelled Gehu Lake in Yixing city to dangerous levels. The lake’s flood warning line is set at 4.5 meters, but the water level has reached 5.6 meters high.

Local authorities say they have moved over five thousand people to ensure their safety ahead of more possible floods.