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China’s Drought Hits the Three Gorges Dam

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 18, 2011


BEIJING – A severe drought along the Yangtze River is drying up electricity output at some big dams in the southern parts of China, including the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project.
Since Sunday, water levels at about 1,392 water reservoirs in Hubei province have been too low to operate, and the water level of the Three Gorges Dam fell below 156 meters – the required level for full power generation – according to the latest statistics from the Hubei water resources bureau.
“The output of electricity decreased a little because the water flowing through the dam is less than usual,” Wang Hai, director of the transport division of the Three Gorges Corporation told China Daily.

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