May 24, 2020
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Large irrigation system established in South Hwanghae

Date: 23/05/2020 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

According to the Korean Central News Agency, the construction of a large irrigation system has successfully been completed in South Hwanghae Province.

The waterway construction, which began in January 2012, was a project for building the largest gravity-fed irrigation network in the DPRK, during which over 11 800 000 cubic metres of bedrock and earth should be excavated, dozens of waterway tunnels drilled and over 190 km-long waterway with at least 770 structures of all kinds and huge inverted siphons built.

The builders made a leap forward from the beginning of the first-stage project to finish it in five years and started the second-stage project in January 2017.

The second-stage project was also a huge and difficult task to remove soil, excavate bedrock and lay concrete in an enormous amount for the foundations and to build a reservoir dam, over 80 km-long waterway, tunnels and hundreds of structures like inverted siphons and culverts.

In the construction of Pongchonho Dam, the major front of the waterway project, the building of spillway, which was believed to take over two years, was finished in a year and that of the sand-stone-mud reservoir dam was pushed ahead in a three-dimensional way. Finally, the dam was built in April 2019.

Villages for the people evacuated from submerged areas sprang up and good species of trees and flowering shrubs were planted in the mountains and fields around the construction site, adding to the beautiful landscape.

The second-stage waterway construction in South Hwanghae Province was completed in a little over three years.

The successful completion of the second-stage project and the waterway project in South Hwanghae Province as a whole laid a firm foundation for increasing the grain production by fully irrigating the farmland in the vast western coastal granary.

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