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China warned that the massive Three Gorges Dam faced its largest-ever flood surge, as President Xi Jinping toured one of the areas hardest hit by a wave of flooding this summer.

Some 74,000 cubic meters (2.6 million cubic feet) of water per second was expected flow into the Three Gorges reservoir and the Cuntan area in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River on Wednesday and Thursday, the Ministry of Water Resources said. The peak flow was expected to be the most severe since in almost four decades and largest since the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, the ministry said.

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