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Three Gorges Dam waters drop from peak, but flood risk persists

China floods cause nearly $3bn in damage and affect 4m people

The water level at Three Gorges Dam, shown here in a photo by Xinhua, reached an all-time high of 167 meters on Saturday.   © Kyodo

CHONGQING -- The water level at China's Three Gorges Dam has dropped from its record peak over the weekend, although the risk of flooding lingers as heavy rains continue.

The water receded to 165 meters Monday after reaching 167.65 meters Saturday, the highest since the hydroelectric dam opened in 2003, Xinhua News Agency reported.

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