China blasts dam to release floodwaters as death toll rises

Water flows out from sluiceways on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River close to Yichang in central China’s H…Read More

BEIJING: Authorities in central China blasted a dam Sunday to release surging waters behind it amid widespread flooding throughout the nation that has claimed scores of lives.
State broadcaster CCTV reported the dam on the Chuhe River in Anhui province was destroyed with explosives early Sunday morning, after which the water stage was anticipated to drop by 70 centimeters (greater than 2 toes).
Water ranges on many rivers, together with the mighty Yangtze, have been unusually excessive this yr due to torrential rains.
Blasting dams and embankments to discharge water was an excessive response employed throughout China’s worst floods in recent times in 1998, when greater than 2,000 individuals died and nearly three million properties had been destroyed.
Last week, the gargantuan Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze opened three floodgates as the water stage behind the large dam rose greater than 15 meters (50 toes) above flood stage. Another flood crest is predicted to arrive on the dam on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, troopers and staff have been testing the energy of embankments and shoring them up with sandbags and rocks. On Saturday, firefighters and others completed filling in a 188-meter (620-foot) break on Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, that had brought on widespread flooding throughout 15 villages and agricultural fields in Jiangxi province. More than 14,000 individuals had been evacuated.
Seasonal flooding strikes giant components of China yearly, particularly in its central and southern areas, however has been particularly extreme this summer season. More than 150 individuals have died or are lacking in flooding and landslides introduced on by the torrential rains _ 23 of them since Thursday alone.
About 1.eight million individuals have been evacuated and direct losses attributed to flooding are estimated at greater than 49 billion yuan ($7 billion), in accordance to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
Major cities have been spared to date, however concern has risen over Wuhan and different downstream metropolises which are dwelling to tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals.

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