Yangtze River “at risk of major flooding”

China's Yangtze River is likely to flood badly this year for the first time since 1998, when floodwaters from China's longest river killed more than 3,000 people, agencies quoted an expert as saying on Wednesday.
"Be on the alert that it is likely that a relatively big flood will hit the Yangtze River," the China News Service quoted Cai Qihua, vice-commander-in-chief of the Yangtze River Flood Control Headquarters, as saying.
"Meteorological and hydrological" features within the Yangtze basin this year were similar to those of 1998, Cai said.
The floods that summer left 14 million homeless and caused US$24 billion in economic damage.