Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Amur flooding breaks records in China

Space Daily via AFP: The Amur River which marks the border between China and Russia has experienced its worst flooding in a century, cutting off roads to some areas, Chinese state media said Monday.

The Amur, which China knows as the Heilong River, has risen since mid-August with some middle and lower sections reaching their highest levels since records began in 1896, the Xinhua news agency said.

On Saturday, one station on the river measured a record high water level of 50.62 metres (167 feet), 1.31 metres more than the previous high in 1984, it said.

Another station registered a high of 43.37 metres, also surpassing a 1984 record, Xinhua said....

Confluence of the Amur River (on the right) and the Ussuri River (on the left), in the center there is a part of the Bolshoy Ussuriysky Island (Khabarovsk Krai, Russia).Shot by Ondřej Žváček, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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