Yangtze River water levels recede below warning thresholds

2024-07-10 21:07:47
Photographer: Zheng Jiayu
Translator and English Editor: Chen Zai

Water levels at key points along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River have fallen below their warning marks by July 8.

As of 3 PM on that day, the water level at the Qilishan hydrological station near Dongting Lake in Hunan Province had dropped to the warning level of 33 meters, receding by 1.3 meters since July 4. It is expected to continue declining. The Dongting Lake area has recently experienced severe flooding.

Previously, water levels at hydrological stations along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, including Huangshigang in Hubei Province, Hankou in Wuhan City, and Luoshan in Jingzhou City, had already receded below warning levels. It is anticipated that the water level at the Lianhuatang hydrological station in Yueyang City will also fall below the warning level by July 9.
A bird-eye view of the Three Gorges Dam. The dam plays a significant role in reducing the outflow of Three Gorges Reservoir and easing the flood control pressure downstream.

Between July 4 and July 8, local authorities reported that reservoirs in the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze River collectively held back approximately 2.3 billion cubic meters of floodwater. The Three Gorges Reservoir alone accounted for about 1.2 billion cubic meters, significantly accelerating the receding of water levels in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and Dongting Lake.
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