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De-silting work underway in Chongqing

07-23-2010 14:00 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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The continuing rain and high water levels on the Yangtze River have affected businesses and residents in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.

Rain-triggered floods have left more than 10 people dead and several others missing in Chongqing. The floods have affected the lives of more than 1.7 million people in 17 districts and counties. They've cost 1.34 billion yuan in direct economic losses. Desilting the roads has become top of the agenda.

Located on the west bank of the Jiangling River, Ciqikou is regarded as a symbol and miniature of old Chongqing.

But now the high waters have receded, the flagstone roads in this ancient town are all covered by mud and sand.

Since it is impossible for vehicles to get through, soldiers and volunteers have to use shovels and water cannons to clear the mud.

PLA soldier Li Pengjun said, "It is easier to clean the mud while the water was receding gradually. But the flood waters suddenly retreated so now it's more difficult."

In order to speed up the pace, more than 600 people have been assigned to participate in the clean-up work. Meanwhile, epidemic prevention is underway.

Restaurant owner said, "We will not resume our business in the short term. The restaurant will not open until disinfection work is fully completed."

Since the houses in the town have been flooded for some time, inspectors are busy checking the structure of all the buildings to make sure they're safe.

Local official Wei Xi said, "The inspection focuses on three aspects: the foundations, supporting and maintenance structures."

More than 70 buildings in the town have been affected by the floods. Most of them are made of wood, and some have been distorted out of shape.

Local governments are busy reinforcing the damaged buildings, and trying to preserve their original appearance.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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