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Flood-battered dyke bursts in Jiangxi

06-24-2010 08:14 BJT Special Report: Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

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A flood-battered dyke in Southern China's Jiangxi Province has suffered a fresh breach. About a hundred thousand residents were evacuated after an earlier break in its wall.

After days of torrential rain, the Fu River first burst through the protective Changkai Dyke late on Monday threatening areas near the small city of Fuzhou.

The river punched through the embankment again early on Wednesday.

Luckily, residents whose homes were threatened had already been evacuated.

Xiong Fiejie, evacuated villager, Jiangxi, said, "We did not want to leave, but they said there would be more heavy rain in the coming few days, so we decided to bring the children out."

After the Changkai dyke burst its banks for the first time, some villagers still stayed at home.

Fearing more burst banks, the locally stationed troops helped relocate most of the residents in endangered areas.

In relocation centers, evacuated people can get food, water and a warm blankets and quilts.

A clinic has been set up to treat the sick.

Meanwhile, disaster relief materials from across the country are being organized and shipped to Fuzhou.

Over the past week, heavy rains across much of southern China has killed at least 199 people and left 123 missing.

Meanwhile, some rivers broke their banks, landslides have cut off some road and rail links.

About 30 million people have been affected.

Forecasters say there will be another round of heavy rain in the next two to three days.

A flood-battered dyke in Southern China's Jiangxi Province has suffered a fresh breach. About a hundred thousand residents were evacuated after an earlier break in its wall. 
A flood-battered dyke in Southern China's Jiangxi Province has suffered a fresh 
breach. About a hundred thousand residents were evacuated after an earlier break 
in its wall.

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