Three Gorges Dam sees first flood of the year (2)

17:00, June 24, 2011      

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Photo taken on June 24, 2011 shows a distant view of the Three Gorges Dam, central China's Hubei Province. At around 8 p.m. Thursday, the water flow rate in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River reached 39,000 cubic meters per second. The criteria for defining a flood on the Three Gorges Dam is a water flow rate of 35,000 cubic meters per second or higher. To ease pressure on downstream areas, the Yangtze River Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters has ordered the Three Gorges Reservoir to gradually increase the amount of water that it discharges to the river's lower reaches. By 2 p.m. Friday, water levels at the Three Gorges Reservoir reached 148.47 meters. (Xinhua/Du Huaju)


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