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As water crests, Three Gorges Dam crisis puts 400m at risk

More torrential rain forecast along Yangtze River basin on Sunday

Water is discharged Tuesday from the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei Province.   © Xinhua via Kyodo

CHONGQING -- Water levels at China's Three Gorges Dam set fresh records on Friday despite a gradual decline in inflows, doing little to assuage concerns of a possible collapse that would affect 400 million residents.

Inflows into the dam, one of the world's largest flood control facilities, declined 5% on Friday. But the water level is still rising because the amount of water discharged has also been cut back to limit flooding downstream. And with another round of torrential rain along the Yangtze River basin feared on Sunday, authorities remain on high alert.

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