Residents of the southwestern Chinese village of Tianlin are conducting emergency drills with gongs and loudspeakers, in preparation for possible flooding if an earthquake-formed lake bursts its dam and inundates the town.
Officials have evacuated more than 150-thousand people from around the so-called "quake lake." They have allocated millions of dollars to deal with that lake and more than two dozen others like it. The lakes were created when a massive May 12th earthquake in Sichuan province caused natural dams to form in rivers.
Premier Wen Jiabao says dealing with the quake lakes is a top priority. Workers are digging a channel to help drain off the Tangjiashan lake near Tianlin village, although authorities say it will be days before the work is complete.
Chinese officials say the death toll from the earthquake has surpassed 68-thousand, with nearly 20-thousand more people missing.