#AceNewsReport – Aug.24: A giant statue of Buddha in China has had its toes dampened by floodwater for the first time since the 1940s: The 71m-tall statue, a Unesco heritage site, was carved out of a rock-face in Sichuan province around the eighth century AD: It is normally high above the waterline, but the area has been hit by the worst flooding in 70 years: More than 100,000 people have had to be moved to safety:
China record floods wet feet of ‘ Leshan Giant Buddha ‘ making as a traditional local saying comes true:
The statue is a hugely popular attraction and often included in cruises along the nearby Yangtze river and Three Gorges: State media said 180 tourists had be rescued from the site as waters rose:
According to the Xinhua state news agency, a traditional local saying holds that if the Buddha’s feet get wet, Leshan will flood too: Sichuan province has activated its highest level emergency response after weeks of heavy rain caused record high water levels, with no sign of it ending soon: Flood alerts are in place for provinces around the Yangtze, Yellow, Hai, Songhua and Liao rivers, with warnings of possible landslides.
The statue, just outside Chengdu, is a hugely popular attraction and often included in cruises along the nearby Yangtze: Officials have warned that huge volumes of water are building up behind the Three Gorges dam – a massive hydroelectric project on the Yangtze.
The Ministry of Water Resources has warned this could lead to severe flooding upstream, including the major city of Chongqing……..
#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Aug.24: 2020:
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