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3D map of Zhouqu disaster area released

08-11-2010 08:26 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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The State bureau of Surveying and Mapping released a 3-Dimensional map of the Zhouqu Disaster area. With this map, rescue efforts will be more efficient and the pace of the operation will be faster.

Zhouqu county is located in the Bailong River valley, in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

It is flanked by mountains on both sides.

Torrential rain Saturday night prompted an avalanche of sludge and debris to crash down on the county seat of Zhouqu early Sunday morning. The landslide was so powerful, it ripped many houses off their foundations and tore multi-story apartment buildings in half.

The mud-rock flow leveled an area of about 5 km long, 300 meters wide and 5 meters deep. This severely damaged power, telecommunication and water supply facilities in the area.

The Bailong River was then blocked.

The blockage of the river created a barrier lake 2.6 km long.

Massive waves from the river came crashing down on the county, also ripping houses from their foundations and tearing six-story apartment buildings in half.

Rescuers began to blast debris damming the river Monday.

The blasts created a channel 5 meters long and 2 meters wide in the blockage

The water level of the barrier lake is decreasing.

The only road that links the county to the outside world, which was blocked by the landslide, was reopened Monday.

Rescuers and relief supplies are now able to enter the county in a timely manner.

The State bureau of Surveying and Mapping released a 3-Dimensional map of the Zhouqu Disaster area. With this map, rescue efforts will be more efficient and the pace of the operation will be faster. 
The State bureau of Surveying and Mapping released a 3-Dimensional map of the 
Zhouqu Disaster area. With this map, rescue efforts will be more efficient and 
the pace of the operation will be faster.

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