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BEIJING, August 25 (Itar-Tass) - The flood in the northwest of China has become the most powerful one in the past 100 years, Xinhua News Agency reported.
Since the beginning of August the water level has increased permanently.
On Saturday, August 24, the water level in the Amur River rose up to 50.62 centimetres, the news agency said.
Over 5.44 million people have been hit by the flood. The local authorities were forced to evacuate 2.33 million residents. They have been accommodated in temporary centres, gym halls and other public facilities where the government carried folding beds, clothes and foodstuffs.
Over 8,500 buildings have been struck by the disaster. Over 1.75 million hectares have been damaged. Economic damage is estimated at the amount of 2.46 billion U.S. dollars.
It will take from 10 to 15 days to make the water to run off, rescuers say.