Tyra Dempster

Chinese troops battle rain to drain quake lake

Chinese troops racing to drain an ''earthquake lake'' ahead of more forecast rain made substantial progress digging a diversion channel and have created emergency escape paths in case a mud and rock dam gives way. The landslide-blocked river in China's Sichuan province is now the most pressing danger after an earthquake devastated the region on May 12.

China ‘quake lake’ fears force new evacuation

China has evacuated more than 150 000 people living below a swollen lake formed by this month's devastating earthquake amid fears it could burst and trigger massive flooding, state media said on Wednesday. Tokyo's Jiji news agency said China had called on Japan to send its military to help with relief operations.

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