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Concern over shrinking Poyang Lake

26 September 2012
The Yangtze River Administration has reported that the water level at the Three Gorges Reservoir is 10 metres within the target of 175 metres, about 15 days ahead of schedule. On 14 September, the water level was 165 metres, indicating that the restoring cycle of the reservoir started at a higher level than normal. The relevant authorities are monitoring the effect of the rising water level on nearby land and buildings.

The restoring cycle may also be having an impact on China’s largest freshwater lake, Poyang, according to another report from the administration. In the month prior to 16 September, the lake’s water surface had shrunk by more than 1,000 sq km and its water level reduced by four metres.

Experts believe that this shrinking phenomenon has been becoming more pronounced over recent years and this is having a great impact on the environment and natural habitat.

     
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