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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dam Collapse in Northeast China Blamed on Officials

Epoch Times: A dam collapsed in northern China, unleashing about 141 million cubic feet of water and decimating five villages downstream.

(Photo provided by a source in China)
Survivors in Changshan Township however recently disclosed through the Internet that at least 200 people in Huadian City were casualties, and that residents concur that human error was behind the delay of the dam discharge of excessive water at the appropriate time, causing the disaster.

The local government’s poor job in disaster relief prompted the survivors to protest by carrying the bodies of their loved ones, which they had retrieved from the water themselves, to the Changshan Township government office. On Aug. 2, some villagers even attacked township officials.

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