Homeless Chinese earthquake survivors rest on a rock pile overlooking a newly formed
lake which has fully submerged their village of Shuangdian.(AP/Audra Ang)

China's Quake-Lake Fears Subside

June 02, 2008 01:22 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Soldiers and engineers have completed a channel to drain rising water at Tangjiashan lake. 197,000 people had been evacuated in anticipation of a flood.

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The lake is one of 30 that were created by landslides that occured following the devastating earthquake in China on May 12.

In addition to the 197,000 people evacuated, authorities had made plans to move as many as another 1.3 million, due to fears that the lake could collapse, causing a large flood. But the success of the newly built channel means they can stay put. Engineers were due to start draining the lake Sunday.

More than 15 million people have been evacuated from areas hit by the earthquake, the government has reported.

The official death toll from the quake is now 69,016, with 18,830 people still missing. 

As rescue workers continue to search for survivors, the international community has thus far praised the Chinese reponse to the disaster. Relief efforts quickly sprang into action, and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao immediately traveled to the affected area, surveying the damage and attempting to console the population.

China’s current management of the crisis differs from the way the country has dealt with prior calamities. The government is considerably more open in its dissemination of information about the Sichuan earthquake than it was during the SARS outbreak of 2003, the snowstorms this January, and the recent Tibetan protests, according to Bloomberg.  

Some analysts say China’s response has presented a stark contrast with Myanmar’s handling of Cyclone Nargis. The ruling junta in Myanmar has been accused of shunning international help, hampering the spread of information and withholding aid from its people.

Headline Link: ‘China Earthquake: Death Toll Rises to 15,000’

Background: China’s handling of the crisis

Opinion & Analysis: China versus Myanmar

Reference: The earthquake's impact and helping China and Myanmar


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