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Chinese Aftershocks Compounds Tragic Devastation

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China’s worst earthquake in thirty years experiences more devastation from aftershocks. 71,000 more homes destroyed, six deaths, and over 1000 injured. Flooding feared most.

69 Dams Threaten Lives

Sichuan is home to the world’s largest water project, the Three Gorges dam, located about 350 miles east of the epicenter. Authorities have said it was not damaged in the quake.

Another issue complicating rescue work has been new lakes that were formed from rivers blocked by landslides unleashed in the quake.

Some 1,600 soldiers and police were hiking to one such lake north of Beichuan, each carrying 22 pounds to blast a hole in the river blockage before it develops into a flood risk, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Bad weather meant they could not use helicopters to get to the lake. The State Meteorological Bureau said Sunday that parts of Sichuan would suffer “heavy and even in some areas torrential rains” later Sunday and Monday, warning of possible mudslides.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

May 25, 2008 at 11:04 pm

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