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China unleashes dammed water to aid Yangtze shipping

China unleashes dammed water to aid Yangtze shipping

Shanghai: The China Three Gorges Project Corporation (CTGPC) has increased the amount of water being discharged by the dam into the draught-affected Yangtze river, reports Chinaview. Water is currently being released at 5,500 cubic meters per second in an effort to maintain normal shipping along the river, which seen water levels drop by up to 1.5mtr on average and 2mtr in the middle reaches.

The Yangtze River Maritime Administration (YRMA) is reported to have released figures showing that than 26 cargo ships have been stranded over the past month in the section that encompasses Yichang, Wuhan, Jingzhou of Hubei Province and Jiujiang, Hukou of the neighboring Jiangxi Province. There is currently an emergency warning in place by the agency reminding cargo ships to avoid the middle reaches of the river.
The CTGPC has said that water will continue to be released until Tuesday at which point the state of the river would determine if the water discharge would continue. According to Chinaview, an average of 170 cargo ships navigate along the 6,300 km Yangtze every day.  [06/12/07]

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