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Sludge clearing and road repair continuing

08-12-2010 09:03 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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The danger of sudden overflowing of a barrier lake in Zhouqu has been lifted after rescuers' days of hard work. Meanwhile sludge clearing and road repair are continuing in an attempt to resume transportation in the devastated county.

Zhouqu County is surrounded by mountains with Baima river running through it.

The landslide days ago brought tons of mud and rocks into the river, forming a 5 kilometer barrier lake.

The rocks and mud also raised the river bed by 9 meters. Flood water rose to the second floor of nearby buildings.

Rescuers have been using heavy machinery and explosives to clear the barriers to prevent further flooding of the lake.

Li Xing, Lanzhou Military Command, said, "To explode the entire barrier won't work. So after careful consideration, we decided to start demolishing the section where the mudslides ran into the river. A river route that is 10 to 20 meters wide and 100 meters long has been formed. "

More explosions followed.

The explosive work eventually lowered the water level of the barrier lake by about one meter.

A section of the main road---National Highway 313 that leads to Zhouqu County was destroyed by flood water from the Baima River.

The county's lifeline was cut off and rescue materials have been unable to get in.

Around 300 armed police brought in 80 heavy-duty machines to repair the road.

After days of around the clock work, limited access to the town was resumed.

Meanwhile, residents and rescuers have been clearing sludge in the roads and streets of Zhouqu Town in order to resume transportation in the town itself.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source:

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