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Paris plans progress as Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal held on River Seine

2024-06-18 15:56 Last Updated At:18:57

Dozens of boats cruised along the Seine River in Paris on Monday as part of a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the upcoming Olympic Games, as organizers stay on course with their ambitious plans to stage a unique open-air parade to get the sporting showpiece underway.

For the first time during a summer edition of the Olympics, the opening ceremony will take place outside of the main stadium, with Paris organizers putting together a special program for the July 26 event which takes in many sights across the French capital.

According to organizers, more than 80 boats will transport the 205 team delegations comprising some 10,000 athletes along the Seine, sailing six kilometers through multiple Parisian bridges and against the backdrop of many well-known landmarks before reaching the historic Pont d'Iena.

The final part of the ceremony will be staged in the open garden of the Jardin du Trocadero, situated across from the iconic Eiffel Tower, which has already been adorned with the famous five Olympic rings.

The grand opening ceremony is expected to last nearly four hours and will allow over 100,000 spectators to see the athletes up close on the riverbank, while another 220,000 spectators are expected to watch the event from grandstands set up farther from the water.

Despite security concerns, Thierry Reboul, the executive director for ceremonies, has confirmed that the plans for holding the opening ceremony on the Seine River remain on course. French President Emmanuel Macron had earlier said organizers have prepared alternatives and touted the possibility of relocating the ceremony to the 80,000-capacity Stade de France if necessary.

The Paris Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 26 to August 11, with the Paralympics following soon after from August 28 to September 8.

Paris plans progress as Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal held on River Seine

Paris plans progress as Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal held on River Seine

Paris plans progress as Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal held on River Seine

Paris plans progress as Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal held on River Seine

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Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

2024-07-14 11:30 Last Updated At:12:07

The torrential rain that started to fall on Friday in central China's Hubei Province has left 754 reservoirs in the region exceeding flood storage capacities.

Due to increased discharge from the Three Gorges Reservoir and recent heavy rainfall, water levels in the Hubei section of the Yangtze River and in smaller rivers within the province are expected to rise in the coming days.

Multiple areas in Hubei, including Wuhan, Yichang, Jingmen, Xiaogan, and 11 other cities and prefectures, have also experienced heavy rainfall since Friday.

The heavy rainfall caused waterlogging in a low-lying residential area in Xiaogan City on Saturday, trapping several residents in their homes. Rescue personnel then used rescue boats to evacuate the flood-stranded residents to safety.

In Wuhan City, heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds caused multiple power line failures across the city. After nearly two hours of emergency repairs, power supply has been fully restored.

The heavy rainfall also caused the water level of Maojiahe Reservoir in Xingshan County, Yichang City, to rise rapidly. Considering the possibility of continued heavy rainfall, the reservoir started to discharge floodwater at 13:00 Saturday.

"We've quickly organized personnel to initiate emergency plans, notify every household, set up roadblocks on major transportation routes, and prohibit people and vehicles from entering the areas of flood discharge channels," said Cai Bishou, head of Pingshui Village, Gufu Town, Yichang City's Xingshan County.

Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

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