Yangtze River Bank Caves In

Sunday, December 2, 2007 15:22

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Just saw this come off my Reuters RSS Stretch of China’s Yangtze river caves in, where it looks like a few hundred meters of the shore decided to decouple itself and move a few warehouses into the water. Cranes too.

Xinhua cited a local official as saying the collapse could have been caused by a vortex of water. It said others believed construction at a nearby shipyard might have loosened the foundations of a dyke and caused the collapse

Recently a hot topic of debate due to the controversy surrounding the landslides near the three gorges damn, there has also been increased dredging activity going on as well.

For sure China’s most important river, the Yangtze has a lot of potential to become the centerpiece of harmonious society… but with a number of landslides, silt build ups, bridges, and seasonal water level changes… it is clear that operators have a number of things to worry about before they can think of increasing container traffic.

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One Response to “Yangtze River Bank Caves In”

  1. Rich says:

    December 6th, 2007 at 8:19 am

    More on the Yangtze’s problems were highlighted in the Xinhua article Three Gorges Dam unleashes water to ensure shipping

    According to the article:

    Less rainfall inflow along the upper reaches of the river has lowered water level by up to 2 meters in the middle reaches, and the average water level has decreased by 1.5 meters more than normal.

    At least 26 cargo ships have been stranded in the section that encompasses Yichang, Wuhan, Jingzhou of Hubei Province and Jiujiang, Hukou of the neighboring Jiangxi Province, over the past month, according to the Yangtze River Maritime Administration (YRMA).