The Three Gorges Dam’s flood control performance continues to generate scrutiny. Jonathan Green for The Market Mogul asks how effective has the dam been period.
More on the Three Gorges Dam’s flood control capabilities and its performance in one of the wettest seasons for China since the record-breaking El Niño event of 1997-98. In this report, The Economist concludes the country’s weakened river pulse is “in danger not only from floods but from its flood controls.”
(September 21, 2011) The Three Gorges Dam faced a test as torrential rain upstream caused the year’s largest flood crest.
The Three Gorges reservoir is being lowered for the summer flood
season, with the water level going down four metres this month to 135
metres, an official project publication reports.
The death toll from the killer tropical storm Bilis has risen to 198 in China; Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has urged government departments to step up flood-control efforts, especially in regard the safety or major rivers and reservoirs.
The new flood-control command centre is China’s fifth to be located in a specific drainage area.