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Flooded highway reopened to traffic

A HIGHWAY that was cut by the collapse of a small reservoir in south China's Hainan Province on March 27 was reopened to traffic yesterday, local authorities said.

The Wanning section of the province's eastern expressway was reopened in both directions at 8pm after nine days of reconstruction work, said an official with the provincial transport authority.

The Bofeng reservoir in Xinglong Town, Wanning City, with a storage capacity of 1.02 million cubic meters, collapsed at about 10pm.

The ensuing floods washed out a ramp joining to the province's eastern expressway and swept away two cars, injuring three people in the vehicles.

The water also inundated 20 hectares of farmland and caused slight damage to three riverside houses.

The municipal water conservancy administration had claimed only 100,000 cubic meters of water burst from the reservoir but Chen Xingzhang, Party secretary of the municipal committee of Wanning, questioned that.

The reservoir was being reinforced at the time of the accident. An investigation found that workers destroyed part of the cofferdam before the water dropped to a safe level, which led to the collapse.


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