China blasts dam to release floodwaters as death toll rises
July 19, 2020
BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in central China blasted a dam Sunday to release surging waters behind it amid widespread flooding across the country that has claimed scores of lives.
State broadcaster CCTV reported the dam on the Chuhe River in Anhui province was destroyed with explosives early Sunday morning, after which the water level was expected to drop by 70 centimeters (more than 2 feet).
Water levels on many rivers, including the mighty Yangtze, have been unusually high this year because of torrential rains.
Blasting dams and embankments to discharge water was an extreme response em...