Chinese military puts more troops into battle against floods

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Ouyang
2016-07-05 17:18

Rescuers reinforce a temporary dyke in Shuren Middle School in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, July 4, 2016. A section of the embankment of Yangtze River near the school was found continuing leakage Monday morning, and a temporary dyke was built to stop flood water. (Xinhua/Li Xiang)

NANJING, July 5 (ChinaMil) -- At wee hours on July 4, serious seepage and piping was found in the embankment of a section of the Yangtze River near the Shuren Middle School in Gulou District in Nanjing, provincial capital of east China's Jiangsu. More than 200 militiamen from the Gulou District rushed to the Shuren Middle School quickly. The first cofferdam built by the militiamen was successfully completed two hours later.

As the water level kept rising, 400 soldiers from an engineer brigade of the PLA Army and more than 120 officers and men from an armed police detachment stationed in Nanjing arrived at the middle school to reinforce the militiamen soon. They also brought with them about one hundred vehicles and 3 disaster relief vessels. The second cofferdam was basically completed at about 7 o'clock on July 4.

For days, the military sub-commands in such regions as Suzhou, Wuxi and Changzhou have put more than 3,200 militiamen, more than 80 vehicles and boats into flood-fighting operations, transferring more than 1,500 people, and reinforced more than 5,600 meters of levee.

Continuous rainfall since June 30 has destroyed 22,000 houses and forced 726,000 to relocate in provinces including Jiangsu, Hubei, Henan and Sichuan, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Monday.

The armed police troops have been staying on the frontline resisting against floods for days in the provinces of Hubei, Jiangsu, Henan, Anhui and Guizhou.

In the worst-hit Hubei Province, torrential rain has affected 9.57 million residents in 79 counties and districts, leaving 38 people dead and 17 missing, Xinhua reported Monday.

More than 2,700 troops from the armed police units stationed in Hubei Province carrying 95 vehicles and speedboats have reached the severely flooded areas, including the urban area of Wuhan, Macheng City, Guangshui City, and Zhongxiang City to carry out rescue operations.

In Jiangsu Province, more than 500 armed policemen are fighting against loods at different areas. After serious water logging caused by the rainstorm stranded the urban area of Xinxian county in Henan Province, an armed police detachment stationed in Xinyang City in southern Henan responded quickly and has successfully evacuated more than 800 local residents.

The continuous rainstorm has turned a number of places in Anhui Province into a world of waters. The armed police troops in Huangshan City and Anqing City drive speedboats shuttling in the inundated areas to rescue people, and have successfully transferred about 1,000 people to safe places.


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