|Flooded street, Wuhan, Hubei Province|
Mr Liu Ning, head of the country's flood control authority and vice-minister of water resources, hopes that this years fllods will not be as bad as those that occurred in the historic 1998 flooding on the Yangtze River. He said the annual rainy season would continue at least through August, and that more downpours were expected, further straining reservoirs and other water control projects, especially as the East Asian typhoon season has just begun."During this period there will be heavy rainfall and serious floods. The rainfall will continue," Mr Liu Ning said. .
|Firefighters rescue people trapped by flood water at the Fuxing Wood Industry building in Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province|