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Dikes dismantled to prevent flooding of town in east China

07-14-2010 14:52 BJT Special Report:Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

HUAINING, Anhui, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in east China's Anhui Province have ordered soldiers to partially dismantle four small dikes to allow flood waters to swamp farmland instead of spilling out of a dam and threatening a town with a population of 100,000.

A bus is trapped on a flooded street in Chizhou, east China's Anhui Province, July 13, 2010.(Xinhua/Guo Chen)
A bus is trapped on a flooded street in Chizhou, east China's Anhui Province, July 13, 
2010.(Xinhua/Guo Chen)
Some 6,000 mu (400 hectares) of farmland near the larger West Dam in Huaining County will be "sacrificed," Liu Feiyue, head of the Huaining government, told Xinhua Wednesday.

Liu said continuous rain raised the water level at the West Dam 1.36 meters above the warning line Tuesday afternoon, close to the dam's bursting point.

The dam sits on the 14.4-kilometer-long Nitanggou River that runs through Shipai Township, the former seat of the Huaining County government.

"Shipai Township is densely populated. If the dike bursts, the consequences would be disastrous," said Liu. "There are about 100,000 residents and 300,000 mu (20,010 hectares) of farmland in Shipai."

Authorities said about 1,000 people who reside near the river have been relocated.

Anhui is among the regions along the Yangtze River worst-hit by the storms that began to lash central and southern China July 8.

The continuous downpours in the province have resulted in the deaths of at least two people and disrupted the lives of more than 4 million.

The rains have caused the collapse of more than 5,100 houses and damaged 17,700 others.

They have also caused economic losses of more than 1.8 billion yuan (265.5 million U.S. dollars), according to the provincial disaster relief office.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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