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Natural disasters

Anxiety rises as water set to peak at Three Gorges Dam

Water levels seen reaching record 165m on Saturday

Flooding has already reached record levels in Chongqing, submerging streets and damaging stores. (Photo by Shunsuke Tabeta)

CHONGQING -- Cities along the China's Yangtze River, already hit with billions of dollars in flood damage, have braced for more as water levels at the Three Gorges Dam are expected to peak as early as Saturday.

Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday visited Tongnan, a flood-hit district of Chongqing that sits along a Yangtze tributary, to survey the damage. "Let's work hand in hand to overcome this disaster," he said. "If you have any trouble, please speak up."

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