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China Flooding to Reach Three Gorges Dam Tomorrow

July 19 (Bloomberg) -- Flooding in China’s Yangtze River, possibly the worst since 1998, may reach the world’s biggest dam tomorrow morning.

Water flow may reach about 70,000 cubic meters a second when the flood peaks, China Three Gorges Corp., the dam’s operator, said on its website today, citing President Chen Fei in an interview with state-run China Central Television.

Floods and landslides after rainstorms killed 34 people and left 87 missing in west China’s Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces, Xinhua News Agency reported today, citing local authorities. China Three Gorges, the parent of Shanghai-listed China Yangtze Power Co., is building dams on the Yangtze River, Asia’s longest, to control floods and help end electricity shortages in the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

Tomorrow’s flood will be the greatest since the Three Gorges Dam started operations in 2003, the Hubei-based company said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ying Wang in Beijing at ywang30@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Amit Prakash at aprakash1@bloomberg.net.

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