NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite captured Three Gorges Dam, China.

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Continuous excessive rainfall since June has caused flooding within the Yangtze River Basin, and has displaced millions of people. One of the biggest concerns relating to the rainfall has been the situation of the Three Gorges Dam which was pushed to record high water level. Despite discharging water after surpassing the standard level of 145m, the water level has risen to 162.22m by July 22. Yangtze River is Asia’s longest, winding 6,300km through China. Together with its network of tributaries and lakes, the river system has undergone significant development as a means to generate power, store water for drinking and irrigation, and control flooding.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

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Reference: Yangtze Dams Spill Water (NASA Earth Observatory)
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