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China “quake lake” fears compound survivors misery

Posted by feww on May 28, 2008

Will China Proceed with Beijing Olympics, or Focus on Helping Quake Survivors?

Another Desperate Chapter in the Plight of Quake Survivors

About 150,000 people have been evacuated from an area below a swollen lake, created when a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck the mountainous Sichuan province on May 12, amid fears of flooding if the lake bursts, state media reported.

An aerial view of Tangjiashan “quake lake” formed by landslide and mud blocking the Jianjiang river, Sichuan province, May 26, 2008. Photo distributed by China’s official Xinhua News Agency. REUTERS/Xinhua/Zhu Wei.

The lake was formed when landslides caused by the earthquake blocked the path of Jianjiang river above the town of Tangjiashan in Beichuan county near the quake epicenter.

Meanwhile, the official death toll from the quake rose above 67,000 with about 21,000 listed as missing and 362,000 people injured.

What Will They Do Come Winter?

Earthquake survivor line up for food after losing their houses in May12 earthquake at a refugee camp in Xiaoba town in Anxian county, southwestern China’s Sichuan province Tuesday, May 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice!


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