Repairs to Dongting Lake dike completed after late-night effort

More than 100,000 cubic meters of rock have been used

By Zhao Ruinan in Nanchang and Zou Shuo in Huarong, Hunan | China Daily | Updated: 2024-07-09 07:13
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Flood control and rescue efforts at Dongting Lake in Hunan province reached a crucial phase late on Monday night, with a breached dike sealed at around 10:30 pm.

The breach, 226 meters wide, occurred at around 5:48 pm on Friday at a dike in Tuanzhou, a township in Huarong county in the city of Yueyang, which is part of a dike network around Dongting Lake, China's second-largest freshwater lake.

Zhang Yingchun, Hunan's executive vice-governor, said more than 100,000 cubic meters of rock have been used in sealing off the breach, and crews had been sealing off 3.5 meters of the breach an hour.

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