Breached levees trap thousands as flooding in China worsens

BEIJING (AP) — Officials say breached levees have trapped more than 10,000 people in an eastern Chinese town as flooding worsens across much of the country. They say high waters overcame flood defenses protecting Guzhen, a town in Anhui province. About 1,500 firefighters are being rushed to carry out rescues in the province, where weeks of downpours have disrupted the lives of more than 3 million people. Across the province, authorities have opened sluice gates and directed waters from the raging Huai River into cropland and forests to prevent more extensive damage. Much of the country, particularly the south, has had particularly heavy rainfall this year, sparking high water levels in major rivers.