A 414-km frozen section of the middle reaches of the Yellow
River, the second longest river in China, has thawed safe,
according to local official sources.
"By 4 PM March 18, the river's Wuhai-Sanshenggong section in
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region had completely thawed, without any
untoward results," said Jing Lishan, director of the autonomous
regional Yellow River Flood and Drought Control Office.
Over the past two weeks, the frozen sections of the Yellow River
stopped melting for while as temperatures drop in north China.
With the temperatures rising since March 15, a 131-km frozen
section of the river in the autonomous region thawed within three
days, Jing said, adding this year's thawing date came on Jan. 1, 21
days earlier than last year.
So far, no ice-jam or ice flooding has occurred in the
Ice-jam floods are a common occurrence on the Yellow River in
early winter and spring when changing temperatures cause freezes
and thaws. The flows jamming the channel can damage or flood the
China recorded the warmest year in 2006 since 1951 and over the
past decades the most evident temperature rises occurred in the
Inner Mongolia, according to China Meteorological Bureau.
The 5,464 km Yellow River originates in Qinghai Province and
flows through Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi and
Henan, before passing through Shandong and emptying into Bohai
(Xinhua News Agency March 19, 2007)