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Rescuers have started to blast away debris that is damming Bailong River at Zhouqu County. Personnel from the Lanzhou Military Area Command used explosives to blast the blockage in the river.
Armed police then immediately began demolishing the blockage with excavators and other heavy machinery. The drainage from the barrier lake accelerated noticeably after the blast.
Then, the second and third blasts were carried out. The water level of the lake receded gradually as the outflow is larger than the inflow. There is no longer a threat to local residents.