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In drastic move, China's top hydro power plants slash capacity

China's top hydropower plants have closed capacity by as much as two-thirds, state media said

Reuters  |  Beijing 

The Three Gorges and Gezhouba, two of China's top hydropower plants, have closed capacity by as much as two-thirds, state media said on Tuesday, as torrential rains across the south triggered drastic steps to ease pressure on the Yangtze River. Days of heavy rainfall have pushed water levels in more than 60 rivers in southern China above warning levels. Floods have damaged crops, forced hundreds of thousands from their homes and killed at least 33, while the north has wilted in a heat wave and drought-like conditions. The Three Gorges dam is the world's biggest power ...

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First Published: Tue, July 04 2017. 16:20 IST
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