The dangers of rain-swollen rivers bursting dams and embankments never really went away even after authorities recently said the worst of the recent rains that have inundated southern and eastern China were abating. Now millions are at risk along the Yangtze River, Xinhua reports, and meteorologists are saying the rains will resume imminently bring more floods and deadly landslides to the south and east of the country.
In northwestern Qinghai province, thousands have been evacuated downstream of the Wenquan reservoir which, thanks to snow melt as well as the rains, is now holding three times its safe capacity of water. Emergency teams are cutting relief channels to lower the water level. The reservoir’s retaining dam is said to have been badly maintained, not an uncommon story. If it gives way, Golmud, a city of 200,000 people 130 kms away could be under 4 meters of water.