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Over 43,000 battle Yangtze tributary flood

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WUHAN, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- More than 43,000 people in central China's Hubei Province have battled flooding of the Hanjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, during the National Day holiday.

Recent rainfall and increasing discharge from the Danjiangkou reservoir on the river have caused the flooding. As a result, water levels at the Jingmen section of the river have exceeded warning levels.

In Jingmen City, 76 households threatened by the flooding have been evacuated. Construction of projects and shipping services have been suspended. Floodwater has been released from 146 swollen reservoirs.

The city activated a Grade-IV response on Wednesday and a higher Grade-III response on Thursday, which meant stepping up flood prevention work such as dam checks and public announcements.