HUANGMEI, July 20, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Repair of a dike breach on the Kaotian River is completed in Huangmei County, central China's Hubei Province, July 20, 2016. The 81-meter-wide breach has been filled up on July 20 morning since it occurred on July 17. The subsequent flooding destroyed 15,000 mu (1,000 hectares) of crops and fish ponds, causing direct economic losses of about 100 million yuan (about 15 million U.S. dollars). (Xinhua/Fan Zengquan)
WUHAN, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Repairs were completed Wednesday morning on a dike, three days after it breached in central China's Hubei Province.
The 80-meter long breach occurred in Kaotian River in Huangmei County on Sunday morning, forcing 15,836 residents to be evacuated. The river water inundated seven villages, 1,000 hectares of farmland, and two fishery ponds, while threatening the safe passage across several highways and railways.
The police's hydropower engineering troop dispatched 678 soldiers and 210 sets of equipment, which worked round-the-clock to close the breach.
The troop and the county government sent workers to five quarries and three stone material transfer stations to distribute and allocate 50,000 cubic meters of stone to fill the breach.
Further work will be done to consolidate the dike and prevent infiltration, according to the troop.