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Breached dyke rebuilt, residents resilient in Hubei

07-22-2010 09:58 BJT Special Report:Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

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China's worst torrential rains and floods in a decade have claimed more than 700 lives and left 300 others missing since the start of this year. In Xianning, Hubei Province, residents have remained resilient despite floods nearly submerging their homes.

Xianning, a city located along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, has endured heavy rainstorms for days.

This lake dyke was breached by the flood, endangering the lives of more than 10-thousand residents living on the other side of the dyke.

If the water level of the Yangtze River continues rising, many houses could be swept away and vast areas of farmland will be destroyed.

More than 500 local residents teamed up to build up the dyke in anticipation of the next flood.

Yuan Shanmou, Official, Xian'an District, Xianning City, said, "Today is the best time to build up the dyke, as the water level inside and outside is the same."

Local officials, troops and residents all joined the fight against the flood. After nearly seven hours of work, the dyke was finally constructed in the evening.

Floods have hit 27 provinces and municipalities, affecting 110 million people. A further 8 million people have been relocated.

Direct economic losses have surpassed more than 140 billion yuan.

Since the start of the flood season in April, more than 230 rivers have risen above dangerous levels... leaving some areas along the Yangtze reeling from the worst floods in 30 years.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source:

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