China's Hubei Province was hit by severe weather in July 2016. Because of a fear of flooding, soldiers had to blow up a dike which was over 2 miles long…
Like many Asian countries, China sometimes faces bad weather which can have serious consequences. This was particularly the case in July 2016, and the country’s military then had to make a big decision in order to limit the damage! We’ll explain more in detail.
A high risk of flooding
On July 14th, 2016, China's Hubei Province, also known as the Province of a Thousand Lakes since there are so many, was affected by a major storm which lasted several days. Heavy rainfall caused a surplus of water in the lakes and rivers of the region. To avoid a flood that could have been catastrophic for the inhabitants and buildings nearby, the soldiers preferred to blast the dike separating Lake Liangzi and Lake Niushan.
Prevent instead of cure
With 30 tons of explosives, the military destroyed the 2.2 mile long dike in just five seconds, as evidenced by these spectacular images. This operation was led by experienced specialists. They then had to wait until the end of the bad weather to rebuild the dike as soon as possible.
Take a look at the video above to see the impressive explosion for yourself...