China Review News (CRN) recently reported that China’s national flood season officially started on June 1, 2012. All flood control headquarters for China’s river systems switched to full gear operations. According to the Bureau of National Weather Services, this year’s outlook is not optimistic. This year’s primary rainy season is expected to have a worse impact than last year’s. Based on national records, across the nation more than 40,000 small-scale reservoirs still experience different levels of safety risks. Chen Lei, the Minister of Water Resources and Deputy Chief of the National Flood Control Headquarter, recently required those who do flood control work to place a significant emphasis on preventing these reservoirs from collapsing. In Hubei Province alone, along the Yangtze River, the banks have already collapsed in 142 different places. The Yangtze River is the largest river in China.
Source: China Review News, June 1, 2012