Re­pair crew ready to clear land­slide

China Daily - - CHINA - By LI LEI lilei@chi­nadaily.com.cn Xin Wen con­trib­uted to this story.

A re­pair crew of 55 work­ers and dozens of ma­chines was on standby to re­pair a road in Bei­jing’s Fang­shan dis­trict that was blocked by a ma­jor land­slide on Satur­day morn­ing fol­low­ing heavy rain, the dis­trict gov­ern­ment said on Sun­day.

Re­pair work will be­gin as soon as a plan is ham­mered out by a team of ge­ol­o­gists in­ves­ti­gat­ing the scene, it said. Traf­fic is ex­pected to re­sume by the end of the month.

The land­slide, which brought down an es­ti­mated 5,000 cu­bic me­ters of mud and rocks at about 8:30 am on Satur­day, was the big­gest in Fang­shan since 2012, the dis­trict gov­ern­ment said.

There were no ca­su­al­ties, and no ve­hi­cles were dam­aged, but the land­slide blocked Jun­hong Road in the cap­i­tal’s south­west­ern sub­urbs, Bei­jing’s flood con­trol author­ity said on Satur­day.

Road pa­trol worker An Hongsan — who no­ticed rocks fall­ing a few min­utes be­fore the land­slide — stopped more than a dozen cars just in time, it said.

The flood con­trol author­ity has warned of po­ten­tial land­slides in moun­tain ar­eas and ad­vised peo­ple not to visit them.

Down­pours are ex­pected in Bei­jing’s moun­tain­ous north, east and south­west on Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to the city’s me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal ser­vice.

Bei­jing’s tourism author­ity said 171 scenic ar­eas, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar Badal­ing Great Wall and the Badal­ing Wildlife Park, had been tem­po­rar­ily shut down as of 9 am on Sun­day. It is not known when they will re­open to the pub­lic.

Heavy rain that hit the cap­i­tal last month led to road col­lapses in Huairou, Miyun and Fang­shan dis­tricts. It also caused flood­ing on some ur­ban streets and dis­rupted air travel.

WANG JING / CHINA DAILY

Work­ers pre­pare for road clear­ing work at a land­slide site in Bei­jing’s Fang­shan dis­trict on Satur­day.

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