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Dam Collapse Causes No Injury

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 00/06/13; June 13, 2000.]

Author: XIN DINGDING, China Daily staff

China Daily, Date: 06/13/2000

[Chinese dam in Kongpo/Nyingtri, Tibet Autonomous Region, collapses. Kongpo is the wettest and most fertile area of Tibet, receiving heavy monsoonal rains, and i the location of Chinese plans for accelerated agricultural intensification, including cultivation of rice and tea, as well as a luxury resort for high Party cadres. Gabriel Lafitte, Research Consultant, Australia Tibet Council]

A mud-rock "dam" of Yigong Lake in Nyingchi, Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region burst on Sunday, but no casualties were reported, according to yesterday's Beijing Youth Daily.

A large-scale mud-rock flow occurred on April 9, leading to a landslide near the Yigong Zangbo River in Nyingchi area. The landslide caused nearly 300 million cubic metres of mud and rock to fall into the river, producing a huge dam.

This natural dam jammed the Yigong Zangbo River, resulting in the continuously growing water level in Yigong Lake, the upper reach of the Yigong Zangbo River.

In the following two months since the landslide, 150 soldiers have been sent by the Tibet autonomous regional government to dig ditches to let out water.

The soil was so loose that ditches kept widening until the dam broke down on Sunday.

Tongmai Bridge, highways between Yigong tea garden and Pailong County, and two hanging bridges in Medog County were all destroyed by the flooding water around 1 am.

Villagers in local areas have been moved to safe places earlier, and nearby roads have closed to vehicles and passengers since June 6, so no injuries or death occurred.

According to sources with the rescue team, the flooding water has passed Medog County, causing no damage there.

At present, Yigong Lake is letting out water at least 1,000 cubic metres per second, an official known by the surname Cao was quoted in the report.


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