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.