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BEIJING, July 17 (UPI) -- Emergency officials said Saturday the upper Yangtze River had topped flood stage due to continuing torrential rains in southern and central China. Water levels in Taihu Lake and Poyang Lake were also on the rise, prompting Beijing to alert local officials to keep a close eye on levees and reservoirs.
TONGCHENG, China, July 14 (UPI) -- An improvement in the weather allowed Chinese soldiers to blow up a leaking dike on a swollen branch of the Yangtze River Wednesday, an army official says.
Originally posted by jazz10
Just makes me wonder if the dam was to break whats the location that sits in its path?
Originally posted by Starbug3MY
Yes the Three Gorges Dam has cracks in it from before it was even finished I think. The weight of the reservoir is so great that it could cause a giant earthquake because the dam and reservoir were built on a fault line.
The worst flooding in 12 years is making its way to the top of Chinese slowdown concerns. Beijing estimates direct damage at $21 billion-and-rising, according to China Daily. 7 million hectares of farmland have been destroyed and 645,000 houses have been toppled. Over 700 people are reported dead. 8 million (imagine the entire population of New Jersey) have been evacuated. 110 million have been exposed to floods. And it could be worse. China thanks the new Three Gorges Dam for preventing floods like those in 1998, which killed thousands.
China has evacuated more than 100,000 people as a river burst its banks and heavy rains continued in flood-hit regions along the perilously swollen Yangtze river, state media said Saturday.
China is grappling with its worst flooding in a decade, with at least 1,100 people killed or missing this year, and Premier Wen Jiabao warned Saturday of possibly worse to come during an inspection tour of flood-hit Hubei province.
In Hubei, floods from torrential rains overnight Friday killed six people, left eight others missing, and forced the evacuation of 7,700 around the city of Yichang near the Three Gorges Dam, Xinhua said.
The massive hydroelectric project on the Yangtze river has come under scrutiny as dam authorities struggle to drain its fast-rising reservoir -- swollen by upstream rains -- while avoiding swamping communities downstream.