China’s communist government is relocating at least 4 million people from the Three Gorges Dam reservoir area, allegedly to protect the area’s “ecological safety”.
The Three Gorges Dam is the largest hydropower project in the world, with a whopping construction cost of $25 billion. However, environmentalists, scholars, and even some Chinese officials have criticized the project, citing environmental and practical concerns. Soil erosion has increased, water quality has fallen, and algae blooms are increasingly common, according to reports.
Not only that, but the dam is built along a fault line.
“More than 4 million people currently living in northeast and southwest Chongqing, where the Three Gorges Reservoir extends for 600 km (360 miles), would be encouraged to resettle on the urban outskirts about an hour’s bus ride from downtown Chongqing,” the official Chinese news agency said.
At least 1 million people have already been evacuated.
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