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The government warns that evacuations may be necessary because of the risk of flooding from a swelling lake formed upstream from Beichuan. Debris and landslides formed about 35 such lakes after the quake.
MIANYANG, CHINA -- The Chinese government warned Monday that as many 1.2 million residents might have to be evacuated because they could be inundated by a swelling "barrier lake" formed by the May 12 earthquake.
The notice was issued hours after a Russian helicopter transported heavy machines over mountains in the northern part of Sichuan province and hundreds of Chinese soldiers carried in 10 tons of dynamite to contend with the barrier lake at Tangjiashan, about two miles upstream from the town of Beichuan.