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Tropical Storm Tropical Storm Muifa Damaged Dike Near Chinese Chemical Plant

Editor: Marion Henig

Twenty-meter-high waves, triggered by tropical storm Muifa, had broken a dike in the Jinshan Industrial Zone in the city of Dalian on Monday morning. The damage may cause a contamination with toxic chemicals from a petrochemical plant located behind the dike.

Storms of the Pacific typhoon season 2011 at a glance. The current tropical storm Muifa has caused significant damage in China. (Picture: Wikipedia)
Storms of the Pacific typhoon season 2011 at a glance. The current tropical storm Muifa has caused significant damage in China. (Picture: Wikipedia)

Dalian, PR China – As the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported the tropical storm Muifa has broken a dike in the Jinshan Industrial Zone of northeast China's Dalian City on Monday morning. There would be a risk of leaking chemicals at the Fujia chemical plant nearby which produces paraxylene, a petrochemical used to create raw materials for the production of polyester film and fabrics. Residents in nearby areas are being evacuated.

According to the report, authorities in northeast China said that the dike has been blocked after workers dumped trucks of rocks and concrete to repair the breach. But workers still fear that the strong waves might wash away the loosely piled rocks and breach the dike again.

Muifa ist the ninth tropical storm to hit China this year, caused direct economic losses of nearly 3 billion yuan (466.31 million U.S. dollars), is the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters is quoted by Xinhua.

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