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Luofu River breach in Shaanxi Province closed

07-27-2010 08:20 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Heavy rain pounded China, creating dangerous conditions in three major rivers of the country. As of 9 this morning, 823 have been killed, while 437 are missing in the floods.

Water levels in Hanjiang River, the second largest branch of the Yangtze River reached a record high. The Three Gorges Dam is facing another bout of rising water after a slow fall. Water levels of the Huaihe River are back below the danger line. The Yellow River is being still pounded by intense rain. One of its major branches, the Luofu River in northeast China's Shaanxi Province, has seen a breach closed to prevent water from submerging the land around it.

The breach of the embankment on the Luofu River is now fixed. It began gushing Saturday morning.

More than 3,000 soldiers filled the gap with stones and sandbags.

With water roaring out, the breach widened from its original 40 meters to 80 meters Saturday.

Workers managed to narrow the gap to two meters Sunday. But the breach expanded again as stones and bags ran out.

Rescuers are still working to consolidate the embankment to prevent another possible breach.

The Lianyungang-Lanzhou Railway re-opened to traffic after more than 20 hours of being blocked. The railway traverses the Qianhe Bridge but the lashing rain caused a support pillar to tilt.

To ensure safety, local railway authorities closed the tracks on one side of the rail line.

Though traffic is restored to normal, workers are still working to consolidate the pillar.

Wang Yaping, director-General of Railway Bureau of Xi'an, said, "Reservoirs on the upper stream are still going to discharge a large amount of water and is still a threat to the bridge. We're going to eliminate any possible threat."

As of Sunday, 4 million people have been affected by the rain in Shaanxi Province. 111 people have been killed and 167 people are missing.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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