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Wednesday, August 5, 1998 Published at 05:59 GMT 06:59 UK


World: Asia-Pacific

Fresh flood warning in China


Officials in China say that tropical storm Otto has hit Fujian province in the south-east of the country, bringing heavy rains and gale-force winds.

The storm is heading north-west, and the BBC correspondent in Beijing says there are concerns that it could add to flooding along the Yangtze River -- where dykes are said to be vulnerable at well over three-thousand points.

Officials have warned some provinces along the middle and lower reaches of the river to prepare emergency evacuation plans.

The latest official reports say a total of more than two-million people have been relocated to avoid the effects of the Chinese summer floods, which have claimed at least twelve-hundred lives.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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