The second phase of raising the water level of the Three Gorges Reservoir began at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday.
One of the 13 power-producing generators was shut down, reducing electricity generation to 5.65 million kw, down from the normal 6.86 million kw, according to Li Yong’an, general manager of the China Yangtze River Three Gorges Project Development Corporation.
The water level will rise from the current 135 meters to 148 meters by Oct. 1 and then to 156 meters by mid-October after a break of two days so engineers can monitor the effects on the dam, which was completed in May…The areas of nine counties and districts in the municipality will be inundated when the water level rises to 156 meters. [Full Text]
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