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Rescue crews have blasted away debris that was damming a west China river. They did this to safely release potential flood waters in Zhouqu County. Authorities say the four blasts on Monday were successful, with the water level declining 50 centimeters.
The Zhouqu county is located in the Bailong River valley, flanked by mountains on both sides. The blockage created a barrier lake that overfilled and sent massive waves crashing down on the county, ripping houses from their foundations. The weather bureau says the county will experience drizzle or moderate rain on Tuesday.
|Firefighters evacuate residents to a safe place in landslides-hit Zhouqu County, |
Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug.
9, 2010. Recuers have saved 77 people from rain-triggered landslides in Zhouqu
County as of 11 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) Aug. 9. (Xinhua/Hou Jun)