China`s largest lake in floods

Hundreds of soldiers and residents strengthened the leaking embankments of China`s largest freshwater lake as its water level rose alarmingly putting more than two million people at risk.

Updated: Jun 30, 2010, 17:33 PM IST

Beijing: Hundreds of soldiers and residents
strengthened the leaking embankments of China`s largest
freshwater lake as its water level rose alarmingly putting
more than two million people at risk.

Water level in the Poyang Lake in Poyang County continues
to rise causing parts of the protective embankment to leak,
provincial authorities said today.
A part of the embankment in Yugan County is also being
repaired after three seepages were found Monday.

Leaks have also been detected on other sections,
according to a statement from Jiangxi`s Drought Prevention and
Flood Control Headquarters.

Villagers, officials and soldiers are patrolling all
sections of the embankment around the giant Poyang Lake in
eastern Jiangxi Province, an important source of water on
middle reaches of the Yangtze River, China`s longest, to
prevent and fix leaks, Xinhua reported.
Dai Huaixiang, 63, has been paroling the embankment for
three days.

He does so to protect his hometown Tubei Village, 500
metres away from the embankment.

"No matter how tired, we must keep on watching and
prevent the embankment from being breached. Floods are more
dangerous than tigers," Dai said.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from a town last week
after embankment of a river breached in the same province.

Over 380 people were killed in the recent heavy rains in
different provinces of China.

PTI