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China’s Ministry of Public Security is leading local rescue after the embankment breach

China’s Ministry of Public Security is leading local rescue after the embankment breach

Xinhua | 8 July 2024

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Rescuers move a stranded resident in Tuanzhou Township, Huarong County under Yueyang City, central China’s Hunan Province, July 6, 2024. (Hunan Fire and Rescue Department/Handout via Xinhua)

China’s Ministry of Public Security has instructed the public security authorities in central China’s Hunan Province to take swift action to carry out rescue and relief work after a levee breach in Dongting Lake in the province occurred on Friday afternoon, the ministry said on Saturday.

Public security authorities in Hunan were asked to cooperate with relevant departments to carry out disaster relief and rescue work, relocate affected residents, manage traffic and maintain order, ensure the overall stability of society and the safety of people’s lives and property.

A batch of flood prevention equipment and supplies was urgently sent to the front line, according to the ministry.

The ministry called for all-out efforts to search for affected residents, ensure their evacuation and provide them with adequate livelihoods.

After the embankment breach, Hunan public security authorities immediately deployed police to the affected area to participate in disaster relief work and reinforced security patrols at key locations such as residential areas and storage areas for rescue supplies.

The dike breach that occurred in Dongting Lake was initially about 10 meters wide, but was later expanded. The affected area near Tuanbei village covers about 50 square kilometers. This area suffered a dike failure in 1996.

Since June 16, Hunan has seen its worst rainfall of the year, breaking historical records in some regions.

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