Deadly Floods Ravage Central China

BY Travis Daub  July 28, 2010 at 7:00 PM EDT

So far this year, nearly 1,000 people have been killed by flooding in the central Chinese province of Hubei. Eight million have been evacuated from their homes to avoid rising floodwaters as the Yangtze and Hanjiang rivers reach record levels. On Wednesday morning, 14.7 million gallons of water were flowing through the the colossal Three Gorges Dam every second, Xinhua reported. Here’s a look at some images and footage of the devastation:

Inundated Urban Area

Residents watch the flood peak at the flooded river bank of Longwangmiao water area where the Yangtze River and Hanjiang River converge Wednesday in Wuhan, Hubei Province. The Yangtze River Basin is facing the threat of worst flooding in decades as downpours continue to hit the region. The Yangtze River level in Wuhan reached 89.4 feet on Wednesday, the highest in eight years. Photo by China Photos/Getty Images

Picking Up the Pieces

Workers transport salvaged material as an area submerged by floods is being demolished, near an area where the Yangtze River and Hanjiang River converge on Wednesday. Photo by China Photos/Getty Images

Evacuations Underway

Residents evacuate to safety prior to possible flooding Wednesday in the town of Xiaosi, Wuhan, China. Residents were evacuated from the area where flood gates could be opened in an attempt to prevent flooding in Wuhan City. Photo by China Photos/Getty Images

Flood Footage