Vessels' transit through Three Gorges Dam suspended again

14:15, July 27, 2010      

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Flood waters are sluiced with the water outflux monitored at 40,000 cubic meters per second at Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, central China's Hubei Province, July 20, 2010. China's Three Gorges Dam project on the Yangtze River stood its biggest flood-control test at 8 a.m. Tuesday since completion, as the flow on the river's upper reaches topped 70,000 cubic meters a second. All ferry services were halted at the Three Gorges Dam on Monday, and would be resumed after the influx decreased to 45,000 cubic meters per second. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)

Vessels' transit through the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River has been suspended for a second time this month as engineers at the dam brace for the second peak water flow of the year.

Shipping services were suspended at 10 p.m. Monday ahead of the new peak flow expected soon, a Changjiang Three Gorges Navigation Administration official said Tuesday.

Water flow through the dam hit 48,500 cubic meters per second at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The shipping service will resume once the water flow rate falls to 45,000 cubic meters per second.

More than 100 vessels are waiting either side of the dam.

Shipping services were first suspended at 11 a.m. on July 19 for the first peak flow of the year on July 20, when water flow rates reached 70,000 cubic meters per second.

The July 20 flow rate exceeded that during the 1998 floods that killed 4,150 people. It was also the highest since the dam became fully operational in 2009.

The dam reopened on July 22, two days after the peak flow.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:梁军)

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