YICHANG, Hubei Province -- Eighteen houses
collapsed and a tributary was blocked after massive landslides in central
China's Hubei province.
The landslides occurred since Thursday in Muzhuping village of Taiping
township in Badong county, near the Qingjiang River, after the water level in a
reservoir on the river rose to 290 meters, according to Tian Aicui, deputy head
of the county.
Qiaohe River, a major tributary of Qingjiang, has been blocked by mud and
"More than eight million cubic meters of mud and rock have slid. With the
stored water in the reservoir rises to about 310 meters, we expected more than
26 million cubic meters of mud-rock flow in the next a few days." said Tian.
No casualties have been reported and all the 658 people in 246households in
the disaster-afflicted area will be evacuated by Monday, said Tian.
The calamities happened in a slope area near the reservoir. Rising water
level has loosened foundation at the foot of the slope and directly resulted in
the mud-rock flow, according to Huang Xuebin, director of geological disaster
relief headquarter in the Three Gorges area,
Local government has set up an emergency taskforce to minimize the impact of