Airborne flood-fighters safeguard safety of Wuhan airport

Source
China Military Online
Editor
Ouyang
Time
2016-07-04


Airborne troops rush to the Huanghualo section of the Fuhe River in Tianhe Town, Huangpi District of Wuhan, provincial capital of central China's Hubei, to reinforce the river levee soaked in flood water on July 2, 2016. 

WUHAN, July 4 (ChinaMil) -- After continuous heavy rainfall recently, the water levels kept rising on July 2 at the Huanghualo section of the Fuhe River and the Tongjiahu Reservoir in Tianhe Town, Huangpi District, Wuhan, provincial capital of central China's Hubei. The rising floods was much likely to overflow the levees and endanger the Tianhe International Airport and the Airport Expressway at any time.

The Wuhan Municipal Flood Control Headquarters asked an airborne unit of the PLA Air Force for help at 16:30 on that day, just 2 hours later, more than 200 soldiers and 11 vehicles arrived at the Huanghualo section, where the thin embankment was still resisting flood erosion doggedly. Faced with the possible levee breach at any time, the officers and men showed no fear. They carried sandbags to reinforce the levee, and drove timber piles to plug up seepage and piping in the river levee. Many villagers also joined them to fight floods.

At about 21:00, the battle against floods came to an end. In the flood-fighting operation exceeding 4 hours, the soldiers reinforced 900 meters of levee with sandbags weighing more than 500 tons, and plugged up seepage and piping at six positions. The safety of the Tianhe International Airport and the Airport Expressway was ensured.


Airborne troops reinforce the river levee soaked in flood water at the Huanghualo section of the Fuhe River in Tianhe Town, Huangpi District of Wuhan, provincial capital of central China's Hubei, on July 2, 2016. 

 

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