Bombers blast huge ice chunks in river

HOHHOT, China (CNN/CCTV) — The flood prevention authorities of north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region applied for three bombers from the country’s air force on Tuesday to bomb large blocks of ice on a section of the Yellow River, China’s second longest, in region in order to remove the risk of ice flood.

The three bombers belonging to the Lanzhou Military Area Command of Chinese People’s Liberation Army released a total of 24 bombshells to strike the target at around 10 a.m. Tuesday and managed to smash the ice dam.

The risk situation first occurred on Monday noon when a large amount of ice have blocked the river channel and caused the water level rising, posing threats to the dam along the river.

The flood prevention authorities then decided to ask the air force for helping remove the risk.

Ice flood is likely to happen in winter or early spring when the river surface is covered with broken ice pieces while the water below is flowing. The flowing water may push the ice on the surface to move toward the lower reaches of the river and pile up gradually, exerting great pressures on the dam and posing risk of flood.

The air force unit of the Lanzhou Military Area Command has started helping monitor the river situation since the beginning of March.

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