A dam recently built has burst in Uzbekistan, sending water rushing toward villages on the floodplain downstream from the Sardoba Reservoir in the eastern region of Sidaryo.
More than 70,000 villagers were evacuated on May 1 after the dam on the Sidaryo River broke at about 6 a.m. local time.
Video footage shows a gap in one section of the 29-meter-high concrete structure and a torrent of water rushing toward the nearby villages.
Officials explained the breach had weakened the structure and they feared it could cause the entire dam to collapse.
Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev visited the site on May 1 after the evacuation of the flooded villages began.
The construction of the Sardoba Reservoir dam by Uzbek state builders began in 2010 and was completed in 2017.
Uzbekistan also has signed a $23 million contract with China for the construction of a hydroelectric power station at the site of the dam.
The Chinese hydroelectric project had been scheduled for completion in 2022.
Well it seems that it will be postponed… [RFERL]