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Three Gorges Dam releases water

08-25-2010 08:53 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Continuous rainstorms raised the water level of the Yangze River in recent days forming a flood peak which passed Three Gorges Dam today.

Eight o'clock in the morning, the Three Gorges Dam stands as quietly as usual.

It hardly feels as if a flood peaking at 55,000 cubic meters per second is approaching.

CCTV reporter Chen Guang said, "For the three gorges, this is the third flood control test in a year. The flow rate on the upper reaches of the river has reached 55,000 cubic meters per second. But as we can see now the dam didn't open its flood gate."

The only difference is felt inside the reservoir.

Here in the electric power house, 26 generators are working at full swing, producing 18 million megawatts of electricity.

Zhou Musen, Deputy Director of Three Gorges Dam, said, "The flow on the upper reaches topped 56,000 per second at 2 pm Wednesday afternoon. The dam buffered the flood by discharging water at a rate of 25,000 cubic meters per second, holding up 31,000 cubic meters a second."

At 11 am, the Three Gorges Dam opened one flood gate, to ensure it was discharging water at 25,000 cubic meters per second.

According to Zhao, this will effectively control flooding in downstream areas.

Zhou said, "The latest reservoir regulation aims at easing downstream flood pressure. If we don't control the flow of the water, its level in Sha-shi will rise to 44 meters, surpassing its warning level. By holding back the flood peak, we have eased pressure for Jinjiang dam downstream."

Now the flow rate on the upper reaches of the Yangze River is decreasing at a fast pace. It is estimated that the flow will drop below 40,000 cubic meters per second by 8 pm Thursday.

Rainstorms continue to lash the upper and middle reaches of the Yangzi River and are raising water levels. Since the completion of the project in 2009, the dam has steadily pumped out much-needed hydroelectricity. Shipping on the Yangze has increased significantly while flooding has been reduced.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source:

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