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Three Gorges Dam mitigates Yangtze River's floods

Xinhua
01 Aug 2020, 11:59 GMT+10

Photo taken on July 31, 2020 shows floodwater discharged from the Three Gorges Dam in central China's Hubei Province. (Xinhua/Du Huaju)

YICHANG, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The third flood of China's Yangtze River this year has smoothly passed the Three Gorges Dam on Wednesday as the water-inflow rate into the reservoir has decreased to 34,000 cubic meters per second.

Since June, continuous downpours have lashed large parts of southern China, and the waters of many rivers in the affected regions have exceeded warning levels. The Three Gorges Dam has been used to control the flow of water from the Yangtze River's floods.

The Three Gorges project is a multi-functional water-control system, consisting of a 2,309-meter-long and 185-meter-high dam, a five-tier ship lock on the north and south, and 34 turbo-generators with a combined generating capacity of 22.5 million kilowatts.

Aerial photo taken on July 31, 2020 shows floodwater being discharged from the Three Gorges Dam in central China's Hubei Province. (Xinhua/Du Huaju)

The Three Gorges Dam opens the floodgates to discharge the floodwater on the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province, July 31, 2020. (Xinhua/Du Huaju)

Photo taken on July 31, 2020 shows floodwater being discharged from the Three Gorges Dam in central China's Hubei Province. (Xinhua/Du Huaju)

Photo taken on July 31, 2020 shows floodwater being discharged from the Three Gorges Dam in central China's Hubei Province. (Xinhua/Du Huaju)

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