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Zhejiang: Villagers battle against extreme weather

06-19-2011 13:27 BJT

Villagers in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang who are already struggling to cope with widespread flooding are now bracing themselves for further storms that could bring some of the worst floods the area has seen in decades. Local residents, officials and volunteers in a village outside Zhuji city have been desperately trying to plug a dyke that burst 3 days ago while at the same time prepare for further extreme weather.

It has been a race against time.

In the village of Wushu near Zhuji city, the local weather service forecast storms for the early hours of Sunday. Locals have been desperately chopping down reeds so that the numerous leaks in this dyke can be found more easily.

Shou Zhigang, Wushu Village Chief said "There are a few leaks on the dyke. They are easier to see with the reeds removed. We've been working for four days and nights. There will be 50 people everyday on standby around the clock. We are all here voluntarily."

The damage inflicted by flooding is already severe.

More than 530-thousand square meters of vegetable greenhouses in the village have been submerged.

Shou Zhigang said "We have deployed 60 water pumps, and work 24 hours every day. The damage so far has reached several millions yuan worth."

Before villagers were able to complete their flood defence preparation, the heavens opened and the heavy rain prompted about 100 people from emergency militiamen teams in nearby villages to hurry to Wushu overnight and begin patrolling the dyke.

Emergency Militiaman Team Leader said "We only used half an hour to organize our men to come here. We will patrol along this area, remove the reeds, and check for the leaks."

Although the storm has gathered in strength while they were working, it seems nothing will dampen their determination to battle against the elements and protect their village.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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