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Floods sweep through Jilin Province

08-03-2010 08:50 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Unprecedented floods are ravaging northeast China's Jilin Province, creating dangerous conditions in many cities and counties.

Water levels of many rivers in the southwestern part of the province have soared under the lashing rain. Surrounding cities and counties have been been plagued by the fast running water.

In Huinan County, 57 small reservoirs have been damaged. The rain also triggered mud-rock flow and landslides.

The northeastern part of the province was also hit hard. Two villages in Antu County have been submerged. Roads have been cut off by landslides. Dykes and bridges have been smashed.

All four water pipelines to Tonghua city were destroyed by the rushing river and two pumps stopped working. Water supply to the 330-thousand residents has been cut. More than 300 people have been mobilized for repair work. A new 350 meter pipeline is under construction and should be finished by August the 5th.

Wang Guochang, Secretary-General, Tonghua Government, said, The Tonghua city government has collected 200-thousand bottles of water to ensure the drinking water supply. The price of the bottled water has been under close supervision.

25 fire trucks have been sent to provide water for daily use.

More than 14.8 million people have been affected by the rain in the province. 47 people have been killed while 45 others are still missing.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.cn

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