China's Three Gorges Reservoir raised its discharge volume starting Monday to increase the power supply to downstream provinces.
At 2 p.m. Tuesday, the reservoir's storage flow was recorded at 8,100 cubic meters per second, while outbound flow was 8,110 cubic meters per second, according to the Yangtze River Water Resources Committee.
The daily average outbound flow has increased to 9,520 cubic meters per second.
Due to continuous cold weather, central China's Hubei Province, east China's Anhui Province and Jiangxi Province have experienced power shortages.
The Yangtze river flood control office asked the Three Gorges Reservoir to increase its discharge volume starting Monday to ensure the power supply of the downstream provinces.
The increased outbound flow will be maintained through February 3 to 5.
The water storage in the upper reaches of the Three Gorges Reservoir is up 10 percent year on year, according to the Yangtze River Water Resources Committee.