Posted by: pinkturtle2 | Mei 29, 2008

China’s Dams Under Pressure

Helicopters were used to help transport materials used to help drain the Tangjiashan mountain ‘quake lake,’ created by an avalanche of rocks and mud unleashed by the earthquake. At least 160,000 people had been evacuated, although hundreds of thousands of others are still living downstream in temporary camps.Photo: Getty Images
Engineers said they need at least a week to dig a drainage canal to reduce pressure on the dam, which is blocking the Bai He River two miles upstream from the devastated town of Beichuan. The channel was being dug by hand and with excavating machines that had been airlifted to the site.Photo: Getty Images
For the past two days, more than 600 people have been working around the clock to create a sluice above the village of Tianlin, according to Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency.Photo: Getty Images
During an earthquake relief cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao told ministers that alleviating the risk of flooding from 34 so-called quake lakes was “the most pressing task” for the government. Officials also announced that $29 million in emergency funds would be allocated to the effort.Photo: Getty Images
Japanese officials said they were considering a Chinese request to provide tents and blankets to the homeless. If Japanese military aircraft deliver the aid, it would mark the first time that the military would touch down on Chinese soil since Japan’s brutal World War II occupation.Photo: Getty Images

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