China blows up dyke to release floodwater of Huaihe
China on Sunday used explosives to blow up a dyke of Tangduo lake in east China's flood-hit Anhui province to release gushing flood waters.Updated: Jul 07, 2003 10:08 IST
China on Sunday used explosives to blow up a dyke of Tangduo lake in east China's flood-hit Anhui province to release gushing flood waters which have displaced some 17,000 people.
The explosion, designated by Anhui's flood control and drought relief headquarters, blew an outlet in the dyke of Tangduo lake of the Huaihe river in the afternoon to release floodwater.
The explosion opened an outlet of 1,500 meters wide in the lower reaches of Tangduo lake for floodwater to be released into the fields outside the dyke. The floodwater submerged the road by the dyke and the trees along the road very quickly, Xinhua news agency reported.
Before the blasting, all the 17,000 people had been evacuated from the areas that were expected to be affected by the released floodwater.
With a capacity of 400 million cubic meters, Tangduo lake had experienced ten explosions for flood control in history with the latest time in 1991.
According to officials with the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters, another dyke blasting will be conducted in the upper reaches of Tangduo lake in two hours.
Since June 21, the Huaihe river valley has been hit by continuous torrential rains, leading to a rapid rise of water levels on the upper and middle reaches of the river.
First Published: Jul 07, 2003 10:08 IST