Flooding continues in Shaanxi and Sichuan, Three Gorges Dam under pressure

by David Perry
Posted: July 21st, 2010 | Updated: March 29th, 2012 | Comments
Three Gorges Dam Yangzte River flooding If you're thinking of visiting Sichuan or Shaanxi provinces—or visiting China's (in)famous Three Gorges Dam—you might want to wait. The area has been slammed by heavy rains, landslides and flooding, with 13 people losing their lives to date and a massive flood surge in the Yangtze River putting an unprecedented amount of pressure on the world's largest dam. As AFP reports, "State media reports said water levels in the river's upper reaches had already surpassed those of 1998, when more than 4,150 people were killed and 18 million evacuated in China's worst flooding in recent memory." Millions of residents have had to flee rising waters in recent weeks, and an unknown number in the hundreds have drowned. Shaanxi and Sichaun have both become major China tourist destinations in recent years, boasting a wealth of historical and natural attractions.
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