Landslide-damaged highway reopens after 16 days of repair in southwest China

16:03, July 18, 2011      

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A major highway in southwest China's Sichuan Province reopened Monday, 16 days after parts of the road were destroyed by flash floods and landslides.

Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains destroyed parts of National Highway 213 between Dujiangyan and Wenchuan on July 2, blocking traffic for tens of thousands of vehicles.

Local authorities dispatched 1,000 workers to repair the highway, according to Li Jianglai, an employee of the Sichuan Road and Bridge Group, which undertook the round-the-clock repair work.

The highway, which links the provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Yunnan, was referred to as a "lifeline" by rescue workers following the devastating earthquake that occurred in Sichuan's Wenchuan County in 2008, as it served as a vital channel for getting aid and supplies to the county's town of Yingxiu, where the epicenter of the quake was located.

Source: Xinhua
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