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Reservoir collapses in south China city

2009-03-28 03:11:06 GMT2009-03-28 11:11:06 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A villager searches for his belongings disappeared in the collapsing accident of Bofeng Reservoir in Wanning City, south China's Hainan Province, March 28, 2009. The reservior breached and the flood broke the bridge of an expressway on the evening of March 27. Local government were busy in rescuing injured and the cause was in investigation. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)

Rescuers search for the vehicles washed away in the collapsed accident of the Bofeng Reservoir in Wanning City, south China's Hainan Province, March 28, 2009. The reservior breached and the flood broke the bridge of an expressway on the evening of March 27. Local government were busy in rescuing injured and the cause was in investigation. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)

Rescuer investigates the collapsed site of Bofeng Reservoir in Wanning City, south China's Hainan Province, March 28, 2009. The reservior breached and the flood broke the bridge of an expressway on the evening of March 27. Local government were busy in rescuing injured and the cause was in investigation. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)

HAIKOU, March 28 (Xinhua) -- A small reservoir collapsed at about 10 p.m. Friday in Xinglong Town of Wanning City, southernmost China's Hainan Province, with ensuing floods bursting a sideline road toward the province's eastern expressway and lashing two cars away, the city government confirmed Saturday.

Three people inside the two cars, who fell into the water in the accident, have been hospitalized. No death has been reported.

According to Chen Xingzhang, a government official of the city, said a local electricity supply company had dispatched 30 people, together with about 200 others, for the rescue operation.

The expressway's Xinglong section has been blocked.

The Bofeng reservoir has a water storage capacity of 100,000 cubic meters.

The cause of the accident is being investigated.

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