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In pictures: Chinese town engulfed

Remains of bridge in Beichuan

Waters from Tangjiashan lake, formed by the 12 May earthquake, burst into the abandoned quake-hit town of Beichuan.

Flooded area of Beichuan

People said they saw corpses from the earthquake floating among the debris.

Flood waters reach damaged city

Beichuan had already been badly damaged in the earthquake, which left nearly 70,000 people dead throughout Sichuan province.

Aerial view of Beichuan

Some residents said they still had possessions in the town.

Former residents of Beichuan watch flood waters

People gathered to watch from higher ground as the town was submerged.

Sluice channel from Tangjiashan lake

The floods came after troops used explosives to blast channels in the mud, to take the water from the lake towards the town.

Old woman rescued from the area threatened by  the quake lake

More than 250,000 people were evacuated from areas downstream from the lake as it became increasingly unstable.

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