The Three Gorges Dam is likely to see its fourth flood this year, as torrential rain has ravaged the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in Sichuan Province this week.
Flooding from heavy rain, which began hammering Sichuan on Monday (Aug. 10), has cut off five expressways, five toll stations, and 12 national and provincial roads. About 100,000 people have been affected by flooding in 14 rivers across the province thus far.
According to the Changjiang Hydrology website, the water level in the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze River has risen again, and the water depth in Chongqing’s Cuntan and Wulong districts, the city of Yichang, and Jinzhou’s Shashi District have all exceeded the warning level. China’s Three Gorges Dam suffered three waves of floods in July, and officials fear that the latest bout of rains will swell its reservoir again, forcing authorities to open the sluicegates and flood communities downstream for the fourth time this year.