Brac­ing for Peak Flow

China Pictorial (English) - - Express | News -

July 14, Yichang City, Hubei Prov­ince: Flood­wa­ters gush out of the Three Gorges Dam, a mas­sive hy­dro­elec­tric project on the Yangtze River.

After a pe­riod of con­tin­u­ous rain­fall, the sec­ond flood peak of the Yangtze River this year formed in its up­per reaches. To brace for the flood peak, the Three Gorges Reser­voir opened seven flood dis­charge holes, the most since 2012, to in­crease its dis­charge vol­ume. Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics, peak flow at the Three Gorges Reser­voir that day reached 60,000 cu­bic me­ters per sec­ond, beat­ing the record set ear­lier this year. The flood peak even­tu­ally re­treated, mak­ing the river nav­i­ga­ble again.


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