Exclusive: Easing flood fears at Tangjiashan

By Fu Jing (China Daily)
Updated: 2008-05-26 17:29

Risks of burst

While military forces are preparing to dynamite the swelling Tangjiashan quake lake, rescue headquarters have urged the expert team to quickly give "risk evaluation" reports on bursting of the barrier.

Chen asked the provincial and Mianyang municipal governments to draw "three red lines" on the map until Tuesday noon, with each representing which area will be affected if the barrier bursts by one third, half or to nothing.

"We should work out the risk analysis reports as soon as possible as at the rain from upstream has accelerated the accumulation of water," explained Chen.

He said those who could be affected by the possible burst of barrier have already been evacuated to safety.

In addition to part of Nanchong, Suining, and possibly Chongqing, Mianyang could be affected most if there is a flood. Chen asked local governments to calculate the numbers of people who could be impacted by a possible flood and prepare counter-measures in accordance with the three scenarios.

Although the Mianyang municipal government has already finished the risk evaluation in line with the three scenarios, Chen asked them to continue to re-evaluate the situation until Tuesday noon.

"Our efforts to save everyone should reach every pointon the map," he said.

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