The number of sad stories, like the water level, has kept rising, or surfacing to be exact. From AFP:
Life was never easy for peasant farmer Fu Xiuqiong, but since China’s Three Gorges Reservoir began to fill in 2003, she has barely kept her head above water.
In a story common for this small town in the Chongqing region, her family watched helplessly last year as local officials bulldozed their home to make way for the rising waters, only to deny them promised resettlement funds.
She and husband Jiang Yongchang now subsist off a shrinking vegetable plot, living in a makeshift hut they built on the shore with nowhere to go as the waters inch higher. [Full Text]