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Damage to Dams in China Leaves Millions at Risk

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posted on May, 22 2008 @ 02:18 PM
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Damage to Dams in China Leaves Millions at Risk


cleantechnica.com

Zipingpu dam threatens millions

The Zipingpu reservoir can hold a staggering 1.1 billion metric meters of water, but the dam wall was cracked after the earthquake. Dujiangyan, with a population of 600,000 would be devastated by a dam failure first. Within a couple hours, water would then hit the provincial capital, Chengdu.

“Dujiangyan would be hit first,” says Environmental sciences professor Ai Nanshan. “You can imagine water levels as high as two-story buildings within 10 minutes.
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posted on May, 22 2008 @ 02:18 PM
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But how much does China's government reallycare?

I guess that remains to be seen.

This is a part of the earthquakes damage over in China that I haven't heard of before!

If this ONE dam breaks and the Chinese government doesn't warn the people in time, the number of deaths from just this dam breaking could dwarf those of the earthquake initially.

Maybe I just missed other news about how damaged China's dams were due to the earthquakes?

Also, in one of the Additional News Sources listed, they are saying that China's largest dam might have had something to do with the earthquakes (that would be the article from SF Gate).

If they don't fix those dams, we may the death toll number higher than they were in the sunami a few years ago.

Let's just hope China's government gets these dams fixed in time..

cleantechnica.com
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[edit on 5/22/2008 by Keyhole]



posted on May, 23 2008 @ 12:04 AM
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that's the headline news of every chinese newspaper and websites.in chinese,this is called"堰塞湖".the government website says there are 3 of them now are very dangeous.



posted on May, 23 2008 @ 12:09 AM
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Premier Wen Jiabao, a trained geologist, had earlier ordered rescue workers to eliminate the danger of the lakes "through engineering means" while swiftly evacuating people in their path.



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