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China battles 'once a century' floods as Typhoon Higos bears down

Three Gorges Dam under relentless pressure from heavy rains

SHANGHAI -- Parts of China were hit by what officials are calling "once in a century" flooding on Tuesday, with a typhoon hurtling toward the country and expected to make landfall during the daytime on Wednesday.

Days of heavy rain have already broken dikes and inundated towns in the central province of Sichuan, state media reported -- triggering fresh warnings around the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, which flows into the Three Gorges Dam.

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