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Dongting Lake dike breach sealed after weekend race against rising waters

By Zou Shuo in Huarong, Hunan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-07-08 23:03

Rescuers battling the clock sealed a dike breach along Dongting Lake by Monday night, following a frantic effort to prevent further flooding after a section gave way Friday evening.

The 220-meter gap in the Tuanzhou township embankment near Yueyang city was plugged by 10:33 pm Monday, according to local authorities. Crews had ramped up construction throughout the weekend after water levels in the flooded township finally receded to match those of the lake.

The dike breach along Dongting Lake has been sealed off at around 10:31 pm on Monday. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Officials announced at a press conference held at the breach site that pumping operations to remove the floodwater from the township would begin immediately.

The breach occurred around 5:48 pm Friday, prompting swift evacuation efforts to ensure resident safety. No casualties were reported.

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