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Heavy rain displaces thousands in NE China after Typhoon

Xinhua, September 1, 2016 Adjust font size:

Border guards pass sand bags to reinforce flood defences along the Tumen River, a cross-border river, in northeast China's Jilin Province, Aug. 31, 2016. Typhoon Lionrock brought heavy rain here, which raised water levels on Tumen River to record highs. (Xinhua/Zhang Biao)

Typhoon Lionrock brought heavy rain and forced more than 33,300 people to be displaced from their homes in northeast China's Jilin Province on Wednesday.

Rain started to batter Yanbian prefecture in Jilin, close to China's border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Monday. Average precipitation in the prefecture in the last three days reached 102 millimeters.

Yanbian flood control authorities said water levels on the Chinese section of the Tumen River, a cross-border river, reached record highs.

Eight reservoirs also swelled. Flood alarms sounded in Tumen City around 2 p.m. on Wednesday for residents of low-lying areas to leave their homes.

More than 3,580 people are fighting floods.

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