‘Water from sky’ rocks Yellow River
The annual sand washing operation at Xiaolangdi Dam in China’s Henan Province on the Yellow River began on Wednesday. The floodgates opened to wash away silt built up on the river bed. Silt can slow the water flow and raise the level of the river, increasing the risk of flooding. Each year more than 30 million tons of silt are moved this way.
The scene drew admiring crowds, who came to see the words of an ancient Chinese poem come to life: “The water of the Yellow River comes from sky.” Some call it the world’s most spectacular waterfall.
The Xiaolangdi Dam is located in Jiyuan, Henan Province, China – it impounds the Yellow River. The facility is located about 20 kilometers to the northwest of Luoyang. It has a total installed capacity of 1,836 MW and generates up to 5.1 TWh annually with the help of six 306 MW turbines. The dam stands 154 meters tall and 1,317 meters wide, and cost 3.5 billion US dollars to construct.