World’s Largest Three Gorges Dam on High Alert After Worst Floods in 70 Years in China – More Than 400 Million People at Risk

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China faces its worst floods in 70 years after weeks of heavy rain.

Disasters have been declared in 24 areas. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Now A flood alert has been raised near China’s famous Three Gorges Dam threatening more than 4 million people living downstream.

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An aerial view of Three Gorges Dam, which has a reservoir 170 metres deep, in Zigui county, Yichang city, in central China’s Hubei province. File photo taken in October 2019. Picture: Wang Gang / ImagineChina via AFP

A flood alert has been raised near China’s famous Three Gorges Dam after the country suffered its heaviest rainfall in 70-80 years.

Torrential rain has been causing chaos throughout China’s southwest this month, with many rivers overflowing and mass evacuations.

Heavy rains over the past three weeks have led to disasters being declared in 24 provinces and municipalities, especially near the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam.

This is reportedly the largest flooding since 1949 and has caused serious challenges to the world’s largest dam.

In Chongqing, authorities dredged 100,000 tonnes of silt overnight as levels rose.

Zhao Yunfa, deputy chief engineer of the overflow dispatch communication center at the Three Gorges Project said: “The flood storage capacity of the Three Gorges is limited. Do not pin your hopes on the Three Gorges Dam.

Zhang Shuguang, director of the Three Gorges Corporation Hub Management Bureau, also said that flood control measures for the entire Yangtze River Basin could not rely on a Three Gorges Dam to dominate the flood.

Three Gorge Dam

Three Gorges is located in Sandouping Town, near Yichang City in Hubei Province in central China. It is 38 kilometres from the downstream Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project at the eastern end of the Three Gorges Reservoir.

Construction on the dam began in 1994 and ended in 2006 after total investment of about 95.5 billion yuan (US$13.5 billion). The dam itself is 2,335 metres long and has an elevation of 185 meters. The second part of the scheme was a water diversion project.

The dam has 32 turbine generator units and power generated by its hydropower station exceeded 100 billion kilowatt hours in 2018, a world record for a single facility.

The dam caused considerable controversy as it displaced over a million people and submerged large areas of the Qutang, Wu and Xiling gorges for about 600km – creating a deep reservoir that ocean-going freighters can navigate for 2,250km inland from Shanghai on the East China Sea to the inland city of Chongqing.

Rain apocalypse in China

The heavy seasonal rain this month has swamped 24 provinces and municipalities in southern and central China, affecting more than 85 million people and causing damage put at 20.7 billion yuan so far.

Zhang warned that the largest flood since 1949 may occur this year, as rainfall in the dam’s catchment area – it has a reservoir up to 600km long – upstream of the dam poses a serious challenge.

Many plateaus in southwestern Sichuan Province have experienced heavy rain for 24 hours since June 16, and this was expected to continue in some parts of Sichuan until the 23rd.

Heavy rain in the upper reaches of the Qinhuai River in Jiangsu Province over the past few days totalled about 280 millimetres, which is equivalent to about 280 litres per square meter (or 11 inches on the old scale). This prompted authorities to issue strong rainfall warnings.

The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, which is in charge of national flood control and drought relief work, said that from the 15th, floods had struck 852 provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guizhou, and Chongqing, causing 7,300 houses to collapse.

The Ministry of Water Resources said that 148 rivers had exceeded warning levels. For the first time in history the Chongqing section of the Qijiang River Basin issued a red warning, signifying a flood of more than 10 meters.

An estimated 400 million people live downstream of the Three Gorges Dam. More catastrophic flooding news on Strange Sounds and Steve QuayleNow if you are looking for supplements to increase your healthy lifestyle and sexlife please visit Natural Health Source. [Asia Times Financial]

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11 COMMENTS

  1. this commie nation thinks its going to defy God with there satanic evil ways, God will use the floods to destroy there cities down river and many of the commie peo-ples who live there. you defy God with your wicked ways and you will get push back at some point. as far as Iam concerned they deserve what they get due to there huborous.

  2. China has stated in the past losing half of their population would be a favor to them. We know the dozens who run the world think similarly.

  3. You know what, China?? Your little virus game is about to be ‘rewarded’ with Lady Karma’s magical retribution…..She’s a beeeyaaaaaatch homies!!

  4. Is this Possible END GAME ?
    US Army infected Wuhan with corona-virus during Military Games? China official thinks so
    Wuhan hosted 2019 Military World Games in October last year, in which the US armed forces had participated.
    China has made a stunning allegation against the US saying it may have brought the coronavirus to Wuhan and caused the epidemic that’s unleashing distress and deaths around the world. China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao said this while referring to the admission by the director of the US Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the country had many deaths before they were able to test for the virus.

    Zhao lambasted the US for the late admission and accused it of lacking transparency. “When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be the US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!” Zhao said in a English tweet. Earlier, CDC Director Robert Redfield some cases of corona-virus in the US had been misdiagnosed.
    Disclaimer applies always
    She Said , He Said ?

    • Nice to see the Chinese Communist Party paid hacks have arrived with their usual Communist propaganda. They need to change their talking points though – blaming the U.S. Army for COVID-19 is so outdated and unfashionable.

      Sorry ChiComs, the world already figured out where COVID-19 came from.

  5. The Sum Ting Wong Dam, formerly named the Three Gorges Dam, we are told by CHINA’s Communist Overlords is now Elastic, and tends to bend and become wavy. Nothin to worry about, all is Good.
    Besides if the Dam Fails China would benefit because a few hundred million fewer mouths to Feed would be a Good Thing for China.
    But constructed with the same ” Save A Buck ” engineering and building materials as the rest of Modern China, there’s plenty of reason to start running away from the Sum Ting Wong dam. Hope your Running Shoes fit and weren’t Made in China

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