Three Gorges Probe
December 6, 2001
The Three Gorges dam resettlement operation is moving into high gear as officials prepare to forcibly relocate more than 130,000 people in the next year, according to the latest official figures.
Some 395,000 people were resettled to make way for the dam between 1993 and the end of September this year, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Dec. 3.
But the operation will speed up next year, with another 131,300 people to be moved by 2003, and this will be "a tough job," the television news report said.
"Effective measures are being taken to accelerate the resettlement process, to achieve the goal of moving all residents living in the region under 135 metres in the reservoir area," CCTV said, but provided no details of the measures.
The Three Gorges dam reservoir is due to be filled to the 135-metre level in June, 2003.
While most of the migrants have been resettled locally, more than one-quarter of those who have already been moved – or 105,000 people – have been sent to 25 distant parts of the country, CCTV said.
Earlier this year, CCTV reported that as of January, 294,000 people had been moved since the start of the resettlement operation. If these figures are accurate, more than 100,000 people were moved in the first nine months of this year.
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