Aerial view of levee blown up to disperse floodwater

Armed police blew up a dike between two lakes in central China’s Hubei Province on Thursday to reduce pressure after heavy rain resulted in record-high water levels.

In a southeastern suburb of Hubei’s capital Wuhan, the 3.7-km manmade embankment, separating Liangzi Lake and Niushan Lake, was destroyed with 27 tonnes of dynamite at about 7 a.m., according to local authorities.

Liangzi is the second largest lake in Hubei, one of the regions worst hit by the recent fatal bout of rain since mid-June, which has seen the water at the lake rise to 0.12 meters above the warning level.

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