A landslide partially blocked the Qingjiang River, a tributary to the Yangtze River, in Enshi, Hubei province, on Wednesday.
The 10-million-cubic-meter landslide is still deforming and expanding, prompting the evacuation of 8,397 residents in nearby villages.
A landslide that has affected thousands of residents in Enshi city, Hubei province, is still deforming and expanding due to the continuous rainfall.
By Tuesday afternoon, 8,397 residents nearby have been evacuated with nobody injured.
The massive flow was triggered by sustained rainfall starting June 8 in the city, with more than 1.5 times the amount of water coming down than previous years.
Video taken on Wed shows a landslide near Mazhe village of Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Central #China‘s Hubei Province. The 10-million-cubic-meter landslide has blocked a river and created a barrier lake which threatens nearby villages. https://t.co/1ZEpXUfmO4 pic.twitter.com/x2cDB8b34m— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) July 22, 2020
The #landslide that has affected thousands of residents in Enshi city, Hubei province, is still deforming and expanding, but various measures have been taken to prevent possible flooding. 8,397 residents nearby have been evacuated with nobody injured. https://t.co/MJvC2KdF1i pic.twitter.com/u2QlHEeUZI— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) July 23, 2020
On Friday, roads and houses scattered on a highland beside Qingjiang River, a Yangtze River tributary began to crack, and local staff members responsible for disaster monitoring reported it to the local geological bureau.
The landslide area kept expanding. By 6 am on Tuesday, about 10 million cubic meters of mud and stones had fallen into the river and formed a barrier lake in the upper reaches of the tributary.
Meanwhile, city government is taking measures to clear up the block and prevent possible flooding. [China Daily]