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Guangxi prepares for more rainstorms


Source: | 06-17-2008 09:14

Heavy rain is starting to fall again in the eastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region after easing over the weekend. Damaged infrastructure is being repaired, but flood control remains the top priority.

A man walks in front of a sugar refinery submerged in the flood caused by heavy rainstorm in Luorong Town of Luzhai County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, June 13, 2008. A new round rainstorm that began on June 11 hit several counties and cities in Guangxi and caused flood in some districts. (Xinhua Photo)
A man walks in front of a sugar refinery submerged in
the flood caused by heavy rainstorm in Luorong Town of
Luzhai County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous
Region, June 13, 2008. A new round rainstorm that began
on June 11 hit several counties and cities in Guangxi 
and caused flood in some districts. (Xinhua Photo)

Floods have destroyed this bridge, which is the only link between two villages and the rest of the county. Now the only way people can get around is by using this little canoe. Local authorities are distributing rice to affected people to make sure they have enough to eat as the bad weather continues.

Each household is being given two bags of rice. The assistance is greatly appreciated by people in the isolated villages. Farmers say they are not sure whether they will be able to harvest their crops this year.

Reporter: Has everyone in your village been affected by the floods?"

Villager: Yes, everyone has been affected.

Reporter: Have all the houses been flooded?

Villager: Yes, water came in, but it's gone now."

In other parts of the county, reservoirs have become too full, and water has been released, causing damage to facilities along the way.

Photo taken on June 13, 2008 shows houses submerged in the flood caused by heavy rainstorm in Luorong Town of Luzhai County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.(Xinhua Photo)
Photo taken on June 13, 2008 shows houses submerged in
the flood caused by heavy rainstorm in Luorong Town of
Luzhai County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous
Region.(Xinhua Photo)

Heavy water flow from a reservoir on the upper reaches of this river has caused the embankment to collapse. As you can see, a relief worker is standing where the embankment used to be. They've covered the area with water-proof material to make sure water will not cause any further damage.

Most rivers are flowing more rapidly than usual as the rain continues to fall. Landslides have blocked several key roads and relief workers are trying to open the roads before the next round of rainstorms. Riverbanks are also being reinforced around the region and power plants are being checked to guarantee the electricity supply remains stable.

Luo Daizhang, Deputy Director of Yongfu County said "Our top priority is the people. We relocated them immediately after their houses were flooded. Some of them are in tents and others are settled at their relatives' or friends' houses. As the flood retreats, many of them have chosen to go back home. We are also repairing damaged buildings and infrastructure and preparing for more rainfall."

More heavy rain began falling in the area again today, Monday.


Editor:Xiong Qu