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Monday, 6 July 2020

Wuhan increases the level of flood warning as rains pound China.

Wuhan, the central Chinese capital, epicenter of the latest coronavirus pandemic, lifted its flood warning level on Monday as torrential rain and thunderstorms battered the country's swaths, including the river Yangtze on which it sits.

Wuhan updated his emergency level II flood response from Level III, the second highest on its four-tier scale, after days of heavy rainfalls overflowing many of its roads.

In March, authorities warned that Wuhan and other flood-prone cities on the middle reaches of the Yangtze faced extreme rainfall rates this year than average.

From Chongqing in the southwest to Shanghai on the east coast, heavy rains continued to pound China on Monday. The Zhejiang, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces have all declared "yellow alerts"

According to data from the Ministry of Water Resources on Monday, water surpassed the alert rate at over 50 locations along China's rivers.

Chen Tao, a senior forecaster with the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), said in the next three days regions along the Yangtze could see as much as 400 mm of rainfall.

On Friday, CMA officials told a briefing that June rainfall was 13.5 per cent higher than the seasonal norm. Heavy rain and thunderstorm events were 43 per cent higher than the average for 2017-2019, they said.