Reservoir nearing collapse poses threat to Qinghai Tibet railway
Phayul[Friday, July 09, 2010 11:40]
Dharamsala, July 9 - A water reservoir on the verge of collapse in Tibet’s Amdo region (Qinghai) might pose a threat to the Qinghai –Tibet Railway which is only 40 km from the reservoir, reported China’s State Run news agency Xinhua.

Several leakages have been spotted in the embankment of the Wenquan Reservoir of rural Golmud City, the origin station of the Railway built by China 4 years ago. The city with a population of 205,700 could be flooded by water up to 4 meters putting at risk the city’s power plants, according to the municipal government.

Xinhua reported that the reservoir has been badly maintained as it lies in a usually drought-prone area. It holds more than twice the amount for water it can hold. Experts with the provincial drought relief and flood control headquarters said that the reservoir’s holding capacity is 70 million cubic metres but actually holds 230.8 million cubic metres of water.

The reservoir's water level is still rising at one centimeter per hour as the snow on nearby mountains continues to melt as temperatures climb.

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