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Suzhou Creek clogged by shipping

SHANGHAI'S waterway authority is taking urgent measures to speedily move a fleet of cargo ships clogging up a 3.7-kilometer-long section of Suzhou Creek.
About 400 cargo ships have been unable to move for four days, today's Oriental Morning Post reported.

Four patrol ships and nearly 50 officials have been dispatched to get the shipping flowing again and temporary berths will be set up.

Officials said they may seek cooperation from neighboring cities and divert some of the shipping elsewhere.

Officials said continuous rain since late February in the Yangtze River Delta area had caused the jam. They said rising river levels had forced nearby cities to shut watergates and keep shipping out. The rain has also slowed down loading and unloading at ports along the creek.

Most of the ships involved transport of stones and gravel for Shanghai's construction projects.


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