Apocalypse Dam: China”s giant man-made waterfall as floodgates are opened to send millions of tons of silt downstream
It is an scene of almost apocalyptic proportions.
A resident takes a picture as the fierce waters plunge through three open slits in the dam during the controlled operation
Floods in China: A paramilitary policeman watches water carrying silt gushing out of three specialised holes in the dam of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River during the annual silt-washing operation
The lone soldier stands guard as sediment-laden flood water gushes through the Xiaolangdi Dam, unleashing tons of water
Umbrellas at the ready: Local residents turn out to watch the annual event – and try to avoid a drenching
The silt-carrying water gushes out of three specialised holes in the dam of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River during the annual silt-washing operation.
The Yellow River authority says such operations lowers the river bed in the lower reach of the river by an average of 2.03 meters each year.
The dam stands at 154m (505ft) tall and is 1,317m (4,321ft) wide. When it was built opened in 2000, following a six-year construction, it had cost US$3.5billion to construct
A cloud of water: The floodwater churns through Yellow River as bystanders stand and stare
The Yellow River authority says such operation in the past 13 years have washed away 390 million tons of silt and lowered the river bed in the lower reach by an average of 2.03 meters.