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Anxiety grows as water level in Three Gorges Dam increases

Chinese officials reassure public as torrential downpours continue

The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River discharges water to lower the water level in the reservoir.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- The relentless rains pummeling central and southern China have lifted water levels at the Three Gorges Dam, fueling concerns of much wider flood damage.

One of the world's largest, the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei Province is now holding back water from the Yangtze River, China's longest, at a level topping 162 meters as of Tuesday afternoon. The dam was built to hold 145 meters of water.

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