Dams and Landslides

More residents evacuated after fresh landslide in China

Xinhua

May 17, 2007

More than 100 residents have been evacuated after a fresh landslide occurred in another village of central China’s Hubei Province on Wednesday, local sources said.

The landslide, with about 100,000 cubic meters of mud-rock flow, happened in the wee hours on Wednesday at Tizikou village in Taiping township of Badong county. Local government has relocated 112 people in 31 households. No casualties have been reported.

The landslide is the newest of a spate of mud-rock flows which began on May 10 in the area after the water level in a reservoir on Qingjiang river, a tributary of the Yangtze River, rose to 290 meters.

To date, 18 houses have been toppled down, 770 residents have evacuated and Qiaohe River, a major tributary of Qingjiang, is blocked by mud and rocks.

The local government received 3 million yuan (370,000 U.S. dollars) of relief funds, 50 tents and 400 quilts. More donations are needed to help the affected people, said Zhang Yuanping, deputy head of Badong county.

Electricity and shipping services have been cut off in order to minimize the impact of the disaster. The local government is closely monitoring the area on the opposite side of the river.

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