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Two more days need to restore services on Chengdu-Kunming railway

06-19-2011 13:30 BJT Special Report:Floods and Droughts of Summer 2011 |

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Torrential rain continues to hit China, with the National Meteorological Center maintaining its alert at the second-highest level, orange.

The Chengdu-Kunming railway, which links the provincial capitals of Sichuan and Yunnan, was badly disrupted by the torrential rain on Thursday. More than 12 hundred rescuers have been brought in to clear the line and relief materials are being dispatched around the clock.

Jing Shiming, Deputy Director-General of Chengdu Railway Bureau said "We need to deploy the disaster relief materials based on the need at the spot, flagstones, steel track are all on the list. "

It's estimated that it will take another two days for services to be restored. A provisional road was cleared Saturday. Floodwaters have inundated more than 80 villages along the Puyang river in eastern Zhejiang province, affecting more than 100,000 people. The riverbank was breached Thursday and the flood has damaged more than 10,000 hectares of farmland. About 2,000 residents were evacuated.

Fifteen rainstorm warnings have been issued by Hubei authorities. The Yangtze river's water level in the provincial capital, Wuhan is rising by nearly half a meter per day. Shiyan city, a city in northwest Hubei, a two-million square kilometer barrier lake has been formed by a massive landslide. Four thousand people have been moved to safety.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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