China rushes to fix dams, 9,000 square miles flooded
Reuters News Service,
FENGKOU, China (Reuters) - China has posted hundreds of police and rescue officials to shore up dams threatening to burst under torrential rain that has already flooded 9,000 square miles of crops and homes.
The rain and floods, concentrated in the southern industrial hub of
More than 750 government officials and police had been sent to conduct rescue work for six reservoirs in "danger of bursting" in southern Guangxi region, Xinhua news agency said.
Some 3,000 people had already been evacuated downstream from a reservoir with a capacity of 1.8 million cubic meters, the agency said.
More than 1.66 million people have been evacuated across nine provinces and regions in southern
Families were perched on the roofs of homes flooded up to the first-floor ceiling, enduring the latest in a series of disasters in
Rain-triggered floods have toppled 134,000 houses, damaged or destroyed 2.32 million hectares (9,000 square miles) of crops and caused economic losses of 27.7 billion yuan ($4 billion).
"Be on guard for disasters including mountain flooding, landslides and mudslides," the National Meteorological Bureau said on its website.
Water levels in the swollen Xijiang and Beijiang rivers in
Heavy rains forecast for neighboring
Provincial water authorities earlier reported the Pearl River Delta, a major exporting base, had suffered its greatest flooding in 50 years.
Residents of Hekou, a village on the outskirts of Pearl River Delta town Sanshui, waded chest-high through streets turned into coffee-coloured canals.
"We carried everything upstairs -- a cabinet, the TV, the refrigerator, the motorcycle," said Wu, who sells fish from the river for a living. "There's nothing else you can do."
But analysts have warned sustained rains could reduce sugar production in Guangxi, which accounts for 60 percent of the country's crop.
Rain has also been forecast for quake-hit areas of
The 7.9 magnitude quake killed more than 69,000 people and left about five million homeless.
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