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Officials deny peril in creek wall flaws

SHANGHAI flood-control authority last night offered assurances about the safety of an anti-flood wall on a part of the Suzhou Creek riverside in Putuo District where cracks and slumps were reported earlier.

The 50-meter long nameless road along the Suzhou Creek near Zhenbei Road is full of cracks and depressions, residents said. The longest crack, wide enough to be filled with a baseball, is estimated at 20 meters. Earth can be clearly seen in a roughly 10-centimeter slump.

Officials of the flood control division of Shanghai Water Authority confirmed the damage, but emphasized the steadiness of the anti-flood wall beside the road.

"The wall is about 40 centimeters higher than the road and the cracks are mainly on the road," Zhang Jianming, vice director of the division told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

"Currently, the anti-flood situation there should not be a problem because the flood season is still far off."

Zhang added, "We will have a thorough safety report of that area."


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