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Emergency workers are struggling against a second landslide in Sichuan province's Yingxiu county.Sudden heavy rain Wednesday night compounded the existing weather-related problems in Yingxiu.
The incident comes about a week after the first landslide. Rescue and relief work has been drastically affected. Many of the newly finished tasks have had to be started all over again.
The precipitation triggered another landslide at around 3 o'clock Thursday morning. Debris partially blocked a river that had only recently been cleared. This combined with rising water levels threatened to submerge Yingxiu. Local government quickly sent troops to reinforce the dam overnight.
In order to ease the pressure of the dam, soldiers carried out the fifth, and the largest explosion yet.
Liu Zhiyong, Commissar of Armed Police, said, The explosion was successful. It expanded the river bank and allowed the flood to pass quickly.
Meanwhile, a road that had been almost cleared before the rain on Wednesday night has been blocked again by the second landslide. Rescue workers have found themselves right back where they began.