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(China Daily)
Updated: 2008-09-03 06:50

Highway collapse

Continuous rain extended a section of a highway collapse in Tibet from 30 m to 100 m yesterday.

More than 100 vehicles were redirected to a town 40 km away.

Rain in Nyingchi prefecture, over the past two weeks, caused a mud flow to block a river close to the highway linking Tibet with neighboring Sichuan province on Saturday.

The rising water eroded the roadbed, resulting in the collapse of the highway.

More than 10,000 cu m of earth had caved in as of yesterday.

More than 120 soldiers are working to create a bypass.

It is expected to be completed in three days, depending on the weather, Sun Hongjun, a police officer, said.

(China Daily 09/03/2008 page4)