TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Massive rains pounding Chongqing and much of Sichuan Province over the past few days have led to record-setting floods and alerts and are generating the highest inflow into the vaunted Three Gorges Dam yet this year, surpassing the huge quantities of water seen in four previous floods over the past three months.
In Sichuan and Chongqing, which sit on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, days of torrential rain have caused numerous floods to break out. The Changjiang Water Resources Commission (CWRC) of the Ministry of Water Resources at 2:00 p.m on Monday announced that the “No.5 Flood” of this year had formed on the upper reaches of the river and would pass through the Three Gorges Dam with an astonishing inflow rate of 70,000 cubic meters per second, a record for this year.
The Sichuan provincial government announced on Sunday (Aug. 16) that it would send four more groups to disaster-stricken areas of Meishan, Ya’an, Chengdu, and Guangyuan to provide disaster relief, bringing the number of relief groups dispatched across the province to six. That same day, the Sichuan provincial government dispatched groups to Mianyang and Deyang, two other cities where extensive flooding has been reported.