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China's Three Gorges Dam faces record high water levels

Severe floods threaten economic recovery from coronavirus

CHONGQING -- China's massive Three Gorges Dam was on track Wednesday to reach record high water levels this week as torrential rains caused heavy flooding upstream on the Yangtze River, threatening commerce along the country's longest river.

Riverside roads have flooded in the industrial city of Chongqing, forcing many businesses to shut down. Chen Min'er, the city's Communist Party secretary and a close aide to President Xi Jinping, urged efforts prioritizing the protection of people's lives and assets.

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