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China’s north-eastern port city of Heihe has been hit by some of the worst floods in thirty years.

The Daheihe island bordering Russia was partially submerged as waters continued to rise following days of heavy rain.

The downpour has forced the Heilongjang river over its banks, covering farm lands, inundating homes and forcing immigration offices to close.

Border officials are trying to work around the rising water levels.

“We adjusted our work schedules. With additional police backup, we have people on duty around the clock to get an update of the latest water levels,” explained Heihe border checkpoint official, Yu Changguang.

Across the border in Russia, Neighbouring town Blagoveshchensk is also suffering.

The Emergencies Minister declared the floods a ‘federal emergency’ as around 2,000 people were forced the flee after weeks of torrential rains in the Amur region.

Elsewhere in China, swollen rivers have been causing havoc for the last few days. In Shanxi province five died and many have been reported missing after flash floods struck Linxian county on Sunday.