Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Workers in China rush to restore water to 330,000 people

Terra Daily via Agence France-Presse: Workers in northeast China were rushing to restore water Tuesday to more than 300,000 people who have been cut off for days due to floods, state media said. Water supply pipelines to the city of Tonghua in Jilin province were destroyed by flooding, leaving its 330,000 residents in need since Saturday, China National Radio reported.

Days of torrential rain in the country's northeast have triggered floods that have left more than 100 people dead or missing. According to local media, workers were trying to replace four broken pipelines with new ones. But the national meteorological centre has warned of more rain to come in the region, which could hamper relief efforts.

An employee at Tonghua's flood control department, who refused to be named, told AFP that residents were still able to buy drinking water from shops, while fire engines were supplying non-drinking water at regular intervals….

Locator map of Tonghua in China by Joowwww, Wikimedia Commons

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