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Authorities in east China's Anhui Province are set to blast a leaking dike on a swollen branch of the Yangtze River. The operation is aimed at preventing flood waters from inundating villages.
A 300-strong team of armed police laid sandbags along the riverbank of Qingcao Township in Tongcheng city. Heavy machinery are dumping earth into the river to slow the speed of the water coming through the 200-meter-long break.
Authorities are worried the measures won't be enough if heavy rains continue to fall. Weather forecasters say another round of heavy rain in the area is expected to come over the next three days.