Dams and Landslides

Landslide threatens 1,800 residents in Three Gorges area

Three Gorges Probe
September 16, 2003

An old landslide threatens a primary school, a school for the disabled and 1,800 people living near the old county seat of Yunyang.

One of the biggest old landslides in the Three Gorges reservoir area is threatening to reactivate after developing a massive crack because of recent heavy rain, the Chongqing Evening News (Chongqing Wanbao) reports. A primary school, a school for the disabled and 1,800 residents of the old county seat of Yunyang are in the danger zone.

A crack 1,500 metres long and 5-25 centimetres wide can be seen on the surface of the Baota (“pagoda”) landslide. The formation isactually a group of landslides, which together cover an area of two square kilometres and contain more than 100 million cubic metres of
rock, earth and mud.

More than 70 houses have also sustained cracks, the newspaper said in its Sept. 9 report. Residents of 20 homes and more than 80 students from the special school have been moved to safety.

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