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Posted by feww on August 2, 2010

Flooding near the North Korean border has cut water supplies to  a third of a million people in China

Flooding has damaged water pipelines leaving about a third of a million people without tap water since Saturdays in Tonghua, an industrial city in NE China’s Jilin Province bordering N. Korea, officials said Monday, the official media reported.

How Many Gorges Dam?

Massive amounts of  garbage and debris washed down the Yangtze River by recent floods pose a new  threat to China’s Three Gorges Dam.  The garbage is so thick in some places,  people can stand on it, state media quoted a senior official as saying.

“The large amount of waste in the dam area could jam the miter gate of the Three Gorges Dam,” Chen Lei, director of the key water project department under the China Three Gorges Corporation, told China Daily in an interview, the report said.

“Such a large amount of debris could damage the propellers and bottoms of passing boats,” he said. “The decaying garbage could also harm the scenery and the water quality.”

“A layer of garbage about 60 cm thick covering an area of more than 50,000 square meters began to form in front of the dam when the rainy season started in early July, the Hubei Daily reported.” The report said.

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Dozens Killed or Injured in Another China Coalmine Blast

Posted by feww on August 2, 2010

Coalmine explosion in China’s Linfen City kills 15, injures more than 20 others, including children

The explosion occurred at the dormitory area of Liugou Coal Mine of Yicheng County,  Linfen City, north China’s Shanxi Province, at about 3:40 a.m. local time on Saturday, a report said.

The officials, however, first lied about where the blast had occurred, but later admitted that it was the dormitory area, where a number of children are believed to be among the victims.

The mine is owned by the Yangquan Coal Industry (Group) Co. Ltd, whose senior official said the casualty number could further rise, according to the report.

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