Rains raise water levels in drought-plagued Yangtze River

17:04, June 07, 2011      

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A picture shows a freighter traveling on the water in Jiujiang reach of the Yangtze River in Jiangxi province on June 6, 2011. (Zhang Haiyan/Xinhua)

The combined effect of downpours and continuous water discharge from the Three Gorges Dam has helped to relieve the enduring drought in the Yangtze River basin. Since June 3, 2011, Yangtze River’s water level starts to bounce back.

According to monitoring data by Yangtze River Water Resources Committee, water level in Jiujiang reach of the Yangtze River climbed up to nearly 11 meters at noon on June 6, 2011, with an increase of 1.41 meters compared to the data released at 8 p.m., May 16, 2011. The restoration of the water level has ensured smooth navigation for vessels on the Yangtze River.
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By Chen Lidan, People's Daily Online
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