China has sent 1,000 firefighters from
surrounding provinces to help battle flooding in the area of Poyang Lake
in the eastern province of Jiangxi.
firefighters include 300 from Zhejiang, 200 from Anhui, 200 from
Fujian, 150 from Hubei and 150 from Hunan, according to the Ministry of
All five groups arrived at their destinations around the country's largest freshwater lake by Monday night.
groups will work with local authorities to patrol dikes and monitor and
react quickly if there are any dike breaches, said Wei Handong, deputy
director of the fire and rescue department with the Ministry of
Home to more
than 46 million people, Jiangxi has been among the worst affected areas
in recent weeks, as the Yangtze River basin witnessed floods following
the heaviest average rainfall in decades. There has been unprecedented
flooding along several rivers that lead into Poyang Lake.
water level at the lake's key Xingzi hydrological station rose to 22.6
meters at 10 a.m. Monday, breaking the 22.52-meter record of 1998, and
well above the alert level of 19 meters.