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Cleaners brave heat to remove debris from Three Gorges Dam waters

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 July, 2016, 12:50pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 August, 2016, 2:05pm

Cleaners in Yichang braved the heat on Thursday to remove rubbish that was floating in the waters of the Three Gorges Dam, a mainland news website reported.

The debris had been flowing into the water above the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei province since major flooding occurred along the Yangtze River this month, Dfic.com reported.

With increased rainfall in areas along the Yangtze, the rubbish that filled water areas near the dam came from branches and upstream parts of the river, according to the report.

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To ensure safe navigation on the river and the security of the Three Gorges Dam, the local environmental protection bureau organized cleaners to remove the mass of waste material from the water.

Photos released on the website showed cleaners on several boats full of rubbish taken from the polluted water.

The meteorological authority issued a red alert for high temperatures in Yichang on Tuesday, according to the Three Gorges Navigation Authority.