Three Gorges Dam 'not in danger of collapse'

World | REUTERS 10 Jul 2019

The controversial Three Gorges Dam, the world's biggest hydropower project, is structurally sound, Chinese officials say, denying rumors on social media it is at risk of collapse.

Safety experts with the China Three Gorges Corporation said on its website the Yangtze River dam had moved a few millimeters due to temperature and water level changes, but safety indicators remained well within normal range.

They were responding to a Twitter user who posted satellite photos from Google Maps last week purporting to show the dam had bent and was at risk of breaking. The photos were circulated on domestic social media.

The central government said the problem was with the satellite imaging, rather than the dam, the Caixin news service reported.

The 185-meter Three Gorges Dam has been one of the mainland's most expensive and most controversial engineering projects, submerging villages, displacing millions of people and disrupting ecosystems.

Critics say it has also increased earthquake and landslide risks.

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