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Flood peaks strand 600 ships on Yangtze River

(Xinhua)

11:14, July 14, 2012

YICHANG, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Continuous flood peaks have left over 600 ships stranded on sections of the Yangtze River near the Three Gorges Dam in the city of Yichang in central China's Hubei Province.

Since early July, continuous flood peaks have hit a stretch of the Yangtze River located between the Three Gorges Dam and the Gezhouba Dam with powerful currents, according to the navigation bureau of the Three Gorges Dam.

To ensure the safety of the dam, navigation authorities have discharged large amounts of water and ordered smaller ships to anchor at locks located ahead of the dams.

The stranded ships are expected to pass the dams over the next three to four days.

The Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project, is located 38 km upstream from the Gezhouba Dam on the Yangtze River.

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