China to Start Draining Dam that Threatens City

Reuters reports:

Authorities in a remote western part of China hope to start draining as soon as Tuesday an overfilled, leaking reservoir which is threatening to burst and flood a nearby , said on Monday.

The Wenquan reservoir in Qinghai province is holding over 230 million cubic meters of when it was designed for a maximum of 70 million, the agency said.

If it bursts, the grimy garrison city of Golmud, around 130 km (80 miles) away and home to more than 200,000 , could be flooded with water up to 4 meters deep in some areas.

More than 9,000 people in immediate danger have already been evacuated.

See also: “9,000 people evacuated from northwest China city near risky reservoir” from Xinhua.

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