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A photographer captures images of the Three Gorges Dam releasing water to relieve flooding in Yichang, central China's Hubei Province, on July 19.   © AFP/Jiji
Natural disasters

In pictures: Torrential rains pummel China

Downpours that began in June refuse to subside as residents lose homes and farms

YUKI KOHARA, Nikkei Asian Review photo editor | China

TOKYO -- Relentless heavy rains that began pummeling China last month is flooding more areas along the Yangtze River and causing anxiety further along the 2.3-km Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric power plant.

Already, 40 million people have been uprooted. Now, the dam 300 km west of Wuhan is threatening to burst and flood the first city to be hammered by the novel coronavirus.

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