Bad weather in China: a dam "can give way at any moment in the center of the country
This aerial photo taken on July 19, 2020 shows water released from the Xiaolangdi Reservoir Dam in Luoyang in central China's Henan Province.
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The Chinese army warned Tuesday, July 20 of the imminent risk of a dam rupture in the center of the country, subjected to torrential rains that killed at least three people.
The Chinese army warned on Tuesday of the imminent risk of a dam rupture in the center of the country, subjected to torrential rains that killed at least three people.
The regional command of the People's Liberation Army said in a statement that a 20-meter breach appeared today in the Yihetan Dam in Luoyang, a city of about 7 million people in the Henan region.
"The dam can give way at any moment," he warns.
The army announced that it had sent soldiers to carry out emergency action including blasting and flood diversion.
Zhengzhou, a huge metropolis located some 700 kilometers southwest of Beijing, was placed on red alert on Tuesday.
This is the highest alert level for weather in China.
Chinese national television CCTV showed streets in Zhengzhou city submerged in a huge current of muddy water, as residents with knee-deep water pushed their vehicles through flooded arteries.
Zhengzhou meteorological services cited the heaviest rainfall in a day since records began 60 years ago.
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