China Raises Flood Alert To Highest Level As Major Dams Start Discharging Water

Most of the country’s dams have not been reinforced since being built decades ago.

Sohil Nikam

July 22, 2020

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The record flooding season being experienced by China at the moment has raised concerns over the country’s dams. Thousands of dams built during Mao Zedong’s agrarian push in the 1950s and 1960s currently stand the risk of collapsing under the immense pressures of flowing river waters. On June 7, a dam in the Yangshuo county, collapsed at around midday, inundating roads, orchards and fields in the Shazixi village.

This particular dam in China was built in the year 1965 and was last reinforced twenty-five years ago. A spate of strong rainfall led to the overflowing of the dam, which eventually led to its collapse. Chinese media was largely mum over the incident. There are around 94,400 old dams in China right now that are being described by experts as ticking time bombs. That’s because all of them are vulnerable to collapse due to the record rains that the country has been experiencing this year.

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