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China: Dam breach prompts authorities to evacuate over 700 people


Beijing, Aug 12: The collapse of a dam wall due heavy rains has prompted authorities in China to evacuate more than 700 residents of a village.

Heavy rain have lashed parts of Hunan Province since Friday.

File photo of a dam

At a village in Yueyang County, rain-triggered landslides clogged the floodway of a dam, causing a surge of water in the dam and collapsing of the dam wall, the local government said.

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    Dozens of houses were flooded, but there were no casualties as all villagers were evacuated in time, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

    Across the province, floods trapped hundreds in the county of Pingjiang and the city of Jishou. Landslides occurred in Luxi County.

    Water at a section of the Yuanjiang River has surged nearly seven metres in the past 24 hours. The Hunan provincial weather forecast bureau said heavy rain will continue today.


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