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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yangtze Flood Kills 550

BEIJING () -- China mobilized more than 1 million people Thursday to reinforce the banks of the mighty Yangtze after the country's longest river threatened to flood after swelling to its third highest level on record.

Floods threatened the lush lower reaches of the Yangtze and districts of some cities along the river had already been submerged, officials said.

More than 550 people have been killed in the last few weeks in flooding across vast swathes of southern and central China following fierce storms and torrential rains.