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China warns of ‘urgent problems’ facing Three Gorges dam | The Guardian

The Three Gorges dam, the flagship of China’s massive hydroengineering ambitions, faces “urgent problems”, the government has warned.

In a statement approved by prime minister Wen Jiabao, the state council said the dam had pressing geological, human and ecological problems. The report also acknowledged for the first time the negative impact the dam has had on downstream river transport and water supplies.

Since the start of construction in 1992 about 16m tonnes of concrete have been poured into the giant barrier across the Yangtze river, creating a reservoir that stretches almost the length of Britain and drives 26 giant turbines.

Read more here: China warns of ‘urgent problems’ facing Three Gorges dam | Environment | The Guardian.

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