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Yangtze dyke collapse destroys 28 homes

17 October 2012
The collapse of a dyke on the Yangtze River in Jiangsu province washed away 28 houses on 13 October, according to a report by South China Morning Post.

The 310-metre-long section of dyke was protecting Jiangxinzhou Island, administered by the city of Zhenjiang. The dyke was built in 1998.

“The situation is under control and we will finalise a plan to repair the dyke soon,” said Lu Zhiguo, a propaganda official from Zhenjiang’s Flood Control and Drought Relief Office.

The city government described the collapse as an “underwater geological disaster” caused by long-term river erosion, as well as the poor geological condition of the region, the Yangtze Evening Post reported. However, SCMP stated that many residents suspected sand dredging was to blame for the disaster, but Mr Lu denied such speculation.

Professor Jiang Dayong, a Peking University geologist, said foundations in many parts of the Yangtze River Delta were unstable due to the region’s loose soil structure.

     
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