China News Agency, Honghu, Hubei, July 15 Electric title: Flood control in Honghu, Hubei: Strictly guarding the main dyke of the Yangtze River

  Author Guo Xiaoying Dong Xiaobin

  Since entering Meimei, Honghu City, Hubei Province, has accumulated 740 millimeters of surface rainfall, refreshing the history since the local meteorological records. The Honghu embankment, Dongjing River embankment, and Shatao Lake embankment totaled 158.6 kilometers above the guaranteed water level.

  "Honghu's high water level may continue until the end of the month, which will be a tug of war." Wang Yanwu, executive deputy director of the office of Honghu City's Flood Control and Drought Relief Command, said on the 15th.

  Honghu Lake, located in the Jianghan Plain, is the "largest lake" in Hubei Province. Honghu City is east of the Yangtze River main stream. The 135.55-kilometer-long Honghu Yangtze River main embankment blocks water. It is a national secondary embankment. It is an important facility for dealing with the excessive floods in the Yangtze River and Lingji and guaranteeing the safety of the Jingjiang embankment and Wuhan flood control.

  Affected by multiple rounds of heavy rainfall and the water system of Dongting Lake, the water level of the Honghu section of the Yangtze River rose rapidly. As of 8:00 on the 14th, the water level of Luoshan Station was 33.28 meters, still exceeding the warning water level of 1.28 meters.

  Chen Guotai, director of the Honghu Branch of the Yangtze River Channel Administration in Jingzhou City, said that 145 whistle sheds have been built along the embankment of the Honghu Yangtze River main embankment, 32 whistle houses have been opened, and 4,901 people have been organized to flood control the embankment.

  At 18:00 on July 12th, Honghu City launched the flood control level I emergency response and officially entered the emergency flood control period.

  According to Wang Yanwu, the emergency response has been upgraded to level I. In addition to the 24-hour patrolling of the embankment to eliminate dangers, the embankment length per kilometer increased from 30 to 80. Wang Yanwu said that from the 17th to the 18th, the upstream water will increase, accompanied by heavy rain and strong winds. The flood control department will send three times more labor to guard the dangerous points, and it may be necessary to build a "flood control wall".

  From the 13th to the 14th, the construction of the sub-dikes of the dike section of the Hansha Village of the Hongshiwei dike was carried out intensively. The project progress was significantly accelerated due to the joining of more than 300 officers and soldiers from a brigade of airborne troops.

  A reporter from China News Agency saw at the scene that rescue workers carried the soil bags on their shoulders to fill the pits and set up cofferdams to block the water. As of the morning of the 15th, the project is still continuing.

  "The water level of Honghu Lake is still rising. The water level difference between the lake facing the water and the fish pond on the back has reached 3 meters." Sun Jinhua, deputy chief engineer of the Honghu Municipal Water Conservancy and Lake Bureau, said that there was a danger of falling off the slope within 40 meters of the embankment. Personnel must quickly rush to build a sub-dike about 1.5 meters high, forming a counterpressure with the water facing surface to prevent a breach.

  Affected by continuous heavy rainfall, the water level of Honghu Lake surged. Due to the overflowing danger of the lake, the trapped people in Yangchaihu Village of Luoshan Township moved overnight.

  A reporter from China News Agency saw at Luoshan Town Elementary School, where the classroom on the first floor became a dormitory. The place of placement serves three meals a day, seven dishes and one soup for dinner, with meat and vegetables.

  According to Xie Zuohua, a staff member of the Luoshan Township Finance Office, more than 50 people are currently resettled at the resettlement site, all of whom are elderly, children, poor households, and low-income households. The resettlement site is equipped with medical staff to measure the temperature and physical examination for the transferred people, and arrange teachers to supplement the homework for the children.

  Chen Guoliang, the person in charge of Yangchaihu Village, introduced that there are 422 permanent residents in the village. The transfers are mainly relatives and friends and centralized resettlement. The first batch has been properly resettled.

  Chen Guoliang said that currently only the villagers who live in higher areas still stay in the Lake District, mostly young and middle-aged, but if the water level continues to rise, all residents in the Lake District will move away. (Finish)