Dams and Landslides

Three Gorges Probe

January 31, 2001

(1) Now there’s only one place to go for environmental accident info
(2) 294,000 displaced by Three Gorges dam in 2000
(3) Three Gorges area hit by landslide

(1) Now there’s only one place to go for environmental accident info January 30, 2001 – China Online reports that due to the highly sensitive nature of reporting environmentally damaging accidents, the General Administration of the Environment (GAE) has issued a notice declaring that it alone will make public such accidents and related information.

(2) 294,000 displaced by Three Gorges dam in 2000
January 24, 2001 – Li Yongan, the general vice-manager of China’s Three Gorges Corporation recently announced that 294,000 people were moved out of the Three Gorges dam’s reservoir area last year, the Beijing-based China News Service reports. Another 256,000 people are slated for resettlement by 2003, Li said. The corporation’s total investment in the Three Gorges dam project last year was US$7.3-billion, which includes US$3.6-billion for dam construction, powerhouses, and ship locks, and US$2.5- billion for resettlement.

(3) Three Gorges area hit by landslide
January 19, 2001 – Guangzhou Daily reports a large landslide lasting five hours occurred on January 17 in the county town of Yunyang, which lies in the heart of the Three Gorges reservoir area. According to Guangzhou Daily, there were no injuries due to timely rescue efforts. The early morning landslide resulted in a massive slip measuring 300 metres long, 500 m high and 5 to 18 m wide. The landslide destroyed 2000 trees in the Yangtze River forest-belt area and part of the local power supply facilities, resulting in US$120,000 in damages. Geological experts at China’s Changjiang Water Resources Commission have confirmed that an overhanging land mass, measuring 20,000 cubic metres, was still active in the area.

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Three Gorges Probe welcomes submissions. However, it is not a forum for political debate. Rather, Three Gorges Probe is dedicated to covering the scientific, technical, economic, social, and environmental ramifications of completing the Three Gorges Project, as well as the alternatives to the dam.

Publisher: Patricia Adams
Executive Editor: Mu Lan
Assistant Editor: Lisa Peryman
ISSN 1481-0913

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