(April 17, 2012) Nearly 100,000 people living in the Three Gorges Dam reservoir area face relocation due to the threat of geological disaster, which has increased since the dam was filled to its highest water level last year.
A massive forced relocation is underway in Shaanxi: 3 million residents – double the number displaced by the Three Gorges Dam – will be moved from mountains and farming villages, in part, to make way for China’s South-North Water Diversion Project, reports Kathleen E. McLaughlin at GlobalPost. Migrants don’t even get full compensation for their lost homes. Instead, they’re only given about 10% of the cost – and forced to make up the rest by taking out government loans.
Around 1.5 million people were moved to make way for the Three Gorges Dam: some were wooed by promises of new homes, land, and better lives, and others were forced. Ten years on, Kathleen E. McLaughlin of GlobalPost investigates the results of the relocation. Many migrants languish hundreds of miles from their hometowns, without farmland or new jobs, facing mounting debt and with little chance of legal redress.
(May 7, 2011) Authorities plan to move nearly a quarter of a million people this year from disaster-prone areas in northern China into newly-built homes, state media reported Saturday.