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Rain forces closure of rail route in central China

(Xinhua)

14:30, September 19, 2011

ZHENGZHOU, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Continuous rain disrupted traffic on a rail route in central Henan Province on Sunday and repair work continued Monday, railway authorities said.

Zhengzhou Railway Bureau closed the Henan section of the Longhai Railway, a pivotal link between Lianyungang in the eastern Jiangsu Province and Lanzhou of northwestern Gansu Province, at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rain washed away some of the cobblestones and earth that supported the tracks in Sanmenxia City, causing a 120-meter long, 0.2-meter wide crack, a spokesman with the bureau said.

He said more than 600 railway workers were reinforcing the tracks.

It is not immediately known when the railway will reopen.

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