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China's Three Gorges Dam on the swollen Yangtze River has withstood another flood peak with waters topping 56-thousand cubic meters per second. The year's second highest figure was recorded at 8am Wednesday morning.
The dam relieved the pressure by discharging water at a rate of 40,000 cubic meters per second, while holding up the rest. At the same time, the water level of the reservoir behind the dam rose to 158 meters, about 17 meters below its maximum capacity of 175 meters.
Continuous downpours over the last few weeks have boosted the water level of the upper reaches of China's longest river. The flow on the Yangtze's upper reaches hit 70,000 cubic meters a second on July 20th, the highest level since the dam was completed.