China flood news / Three Gorges Dam threatened

Posted: August 5, 2010 in Far East, natural disasters
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China flood toll reaches 1072
Sify News online
5 Aug 2010

The toll in floods triggered by torrential rains in China this year has reached 1,072, while 619 people are still missing. The floods have affected over 140 million people in 28 provinces and caused economic losses estimated at almost 210 billion yuan, said Shu Qingpeng, deputy director of the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief.

Floods also destroyed over 1.1 million homes and damaged 9.72 million hectares of farmland, Xinhua reported. Rivers like the Yangtze, the Yellow and the Songhua were all swollen to danger levels after heavy rains. Authorities have evacuated 10.42 million people this year from areas at risk of flooding, he said.

President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice Premier Hui Liangyu were concerned about the relief and rescue work, he said, adding that the central government has allocated more than 2.1 billion yuan for the purpose.

http://sify.com/news/china-flood-toll-reaches-1-072-news-international-kifgafgdjad.html

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Severe floods in China threaten to block Three Gorges Dam with waste
Recycle news online
August 4th, 2010 by Sarah Flanagan

Intense flooding from the Yangtze River in China is threatening the Three Gorges Dam as thick layers of waste are brought down the river. According to the state media in a report on Monday, the rubbish could pose a threat to the gates of the dam by blocking them. Dam official Chen Lei said that the large mass of waste accumulating in the area could cause the miter gate to jam. Although it was not detailed what the effects of a jam would be for the dam operations.

Mr Chen has said that unusually large amounts of waste are being pushed downstream by the heavy rain such as branches, domestic waste, and plastic bottles. So far, almost 3,000 tonnes of rubbish has been pooling at the base of the dam per day. The heart of the issue, according to Chen, is that there is a lack of resources in manpower and equipment to clear enough of the waste in time.

Currently, the layer of refuse covers more than 50,000 square meters and is almost 60 centimeters deep. The pile, according to the government, first began to form in early July, the start of China’s rainy season. So far, 150,000 to 200,000 cubic meters have been cleared costing nearly 10 million yuan ($1.5 million dollars). Over 150 million people live close to the dam, but cities are unprepared to handle the sheer amount of waste accumulating at its base.

The dam is the world’s biggest hydropower project and was touted as an ideal solution to ending centuries of flooding at the basin of the Yangtze River. Environmental groups have previously protested against the dam’s environmental impact, which displaced over 1.4 million people to be constructed.

http://www.recycle.co.uk/news/2482000.html

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