Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Environmental cost of China's development

Chindu is in a despondent mood because China's pet project is in trouble.

The Hindu : Opinion / News Analysis : An ambitious project and some concerns
The Vice Mayor of Chongqing, the city that borders the dam reservoir, said “the shore of the reservoir had collapsed in 91 places and a total of 36 km had already caved in.” Such landslides have produced waves up to 50 m high, which then slam into the shore wreaking further havoc, Xinhua reported. “Regular geological disasters are a severe threat to the lives of residents around the dam,” Huang Xuebin, a senior engineer, added. Other officials reported that the water quality in tributaries of the Yangtze had declined and pollution caused by sediment build-up had increased algae growth in rivers.

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