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Reservoirs along Yangtze River prove worth in reducing floods
Reservoirs along the Yangtze River, including the Three Gorges Reservoir, have played a big role in relieving flood pressure downstream. As downpours continue in Sichuan province, these reservoirs have been ready for new floods coming downstream, said flood control authorities.
The rainfall that lasted from June 22 to Monday resulted in floods in several major tributaries in the middle reaches of the Yangtze. The water level at the Changsha monitoring station in the Xiangjiang River reached a record 39.51 meters on Monday, higher than the previous record of 39.18 meters set by a massive flood in 1998.
The flood caused great losses in worst hit Hunan province. In Ningxiang county alone, 44 people have been declared…
Fort McMurray wildfire raised fuel supply concerns in Ottawa: documents
Federal officials raised the possibility of relaxing competition and fuel quality rules to ensure a stable supply of fuel while the Fort McMurray wildfire raged and forced several northern Alberta oilsands projects to shut down.
Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act highlight some of the options Ottawa was examining if shortages got bad enough during Canada’s most expensive natural disaster, which drove more than 80,000 Fort McMurray residents from their homes for a month or more in May 2016.
A May 10 “update on energy operations” sent to Natural Resources Canada staff noted as many as 1.5 million barrels a day of oilsands…