Three Gorges Dam: no more water to give
Updated: 2011-05-27 11:08
By Wang Qingyun (chinadaily.com.cn)
Three Gorges Dam may not be able to quench the thirst of drought-hit areas in East and Central China after June 10, Xinhua said on Thursday.
The dam is supposed to store water to a depth of 175 meters when a summer flood is over, and discharge 30 meters of this stored water before the next summer flood, in order to control floods and relieve droughts, said Wang Hai, one of the dam project's management officials.
However, the dam's water level is already about 23 meters below 175 meters. Sources said that if it doesn't rain in the drought-hit areas before the upper reaches of the Yangtze River can get more water, Three Gorges Dam won't be able to release any more water after June 10, when the level of stored water will drop below the 30-meter mark.
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