Why Chinese Dam Is Forcing Yet Another Mass Exodus – Shai Oster

From Wall Street Journal:

Fan Zhongcheng last year joined 1.4 million people forced to flee rising Yangtze River waters caused by the government’s massive new Three Gorges Dam. His elderly parents’ mud-brick house collapsed as the family tried to dismantle it to comply with official orders. Mr. Fan and his wife were buried alive for hours, and his parents died.

The family’s troubles aren’t over. Now the Chinese government says it plans to induce as many as four million more people to move from homes near the shore and in the surrounding mountains. The Fans’ new homestead, up a hill from the old one, may be among them. [Full Text]

November 7, 2007 1:15 AM
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