Chinese quake lake's water level dangerously edges toward sluice

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New Delhi, June 4 : The Tangjiashan "quake lake" in China's Sichuan Province dangerously edged closer to the top of its dam on Tuesday.

Its volume hit stored 205.5 million cubic meters as of 5 p.m., according to the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR).

The earthquake-induced lake is at risk of bursting and threatens the life of thousands of people downstream, Xinhua reports. The water level of the quake formed lake was 737.33 meters, up 0.7 meters from 8 a.m. on Tuesday, and 1.8 meters higher than the 735.53-meter level at 8 a.m. on Monday.

Cheng Dianlong, deputy chief of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, said the water level was 2.37 meters from the lowest point of the blockage at 739.15 meters.

He said when the water would flow into the sluice depended on the rainfall in the next few days.

The MWR was keeping a close eye to the lake and making every effort to avert a flood, said a ministry spokesman.

The 8.0-magnitude tremor, which has claimed 69,107 lives as of Tuesday noon, left 34 quake lakes in its aftermath, of which 28 are at risk of bursting their banks.

Altogether 158,000 people will have to move from their homes if Tangjiashan Lake causes flooding.

The government has earmarked 200 million yuan (28.6 million dollars) from the central budget for Sichuan to control the swelling lakes that threaten to burst and flood the downstream regions.

ANI

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