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At least 14 killed by flooding in China as water peaks at Three Gorges Dam


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July 18 2020

At least 14 people have died in the latest round of seasonal rains and flooding in southern China, as soldiers and workers built makeshift barriers with sandbags and rocks Saturday to keep the Yangtze River and its tributaries at bay.

Three floodgates of the Three Gorges Dam that spans the Yangtze were opened as the water level behind the massive dam rose more than 15 meters above flood level, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The dam was holding back about 45 per cent of the water, Xinhua said, citing China Three Gorges Corp.

Upstream, 11 people had been killed in Chongqing as of Saturday morning, China National Emergency Broadcasting said in an online report, citing the municipal emergency agency. More than 20,000 people had been evacuated and 1,031 homes destroyed.

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In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, water flows out from sluiceways at the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River near Yichang in central China's Hubei Province, Friday, July 17, 2020. Engorged with more heavy rains, China's mighty Yangtze River is cresting again, bringing fears of further destruction as seasonal floods that already have left more than a hundred people dead or missing have grown in force since last month. (Zheng Jiayu/Xinhua via AP)

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July 18 2020

Heavy rainfall has lead to sever flooding in most of China. And worst of all, some fear the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is in danger of collapsing. Millions are at risk many have been displaced by floods and natural disasters.

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