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Lake demolished after landslide in Chongqing

07-21-2010 09:22 BJT

An entire town in Southwest China's Miao-ba-chang, Chongqing Municipality, has been flooded after heavy rain triggered a landslide. Debris from the fallen mountain blocked the Luojiang River, forming a 15 to 20-million-cubic-meter lake which drowned the whole town.

Recent torrential rain caused a flood in the Luojiang River. A landslide Monday of the major part of Miaoba Mountain made the situation much worse. In less than a day, the blocked river covered the whole town. 2,100 residents were trapped.

Local government quickly sent 219 soldiers to the scene. While some of them tried to clear the debris from the river, others used rafts and dinghies to transfer local residents to Luojiang Village in the upper river area. At the same time, another rescue group transferred 8 thousand residents living down river to safe places.

After all the residents had been moved to safety local government decided to immediately demolish the lake.

After the first phase of demolition Monday evening, rescue teams removed some of the debris. However, the water level only dropped one meter and debris is still blocking the river.

Yang Kejun, Head of rescue team, said, The result wasn't a complete success, because we adopted above-water demolition, under-water demolition will be more effective.

Xing Hua, Head of Water Affairs Bureau, said, Water flow has increased sharply. We also have some diggers to clear the debris.

A team from the rescue center carried out a second demolition on Tuesday afternoon.

However, the cleared section of river was immediately filled by rubble from the second demolition. Experts say underwater demolition now needs to be carried out to clear the remaining debris.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.cn

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