Chinese flooding damages reservoirs

Wednesday 04th Aug 2010 by theWeather Club

The recent flooding in China has already caused tens of billions of dollars worth of infrastructure damage, some of which will take years to repair. But one of the more pressing areas of concern will ironically be water management and distribution. The rain that has been battering Jilin province in northern China have already damaged 51 of the region's reservoirs and is continuing to fall. This continued rainfall is hampering efforts to shore up the damaged reservoirs, raising fears that what is at the moment limited damage might get significantly worse. At its height, the Songhua river which flows through the province reached twice its normal levels, which gives some indication of the pressures that local reservoirs have been under. Shu Qingpeng, deputy director of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, said record rains had left thousands of reservoirs in a dangerous condition. Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, who visited the region this week, urged local officials to increase efforts to repair reservoir damage. However nothing substantive can be done until the water levels have fully receded and there is doubt as to when this will happen. Director Shu continued: "The country is still in a critical period of flood prevention, so we need better forecasts and early warning systems."