May 24, 2009
Chinese Water Project Forces 330,000 People To Move
State media said on Sunday that close to 330,000 people in central China are to be evicted from their homes due to a reservoir being built that will form part of a massive water diversion project.
Zhang Jiyao, head of the project, said that over two-thirds of the people in Hubei and Henan provinces would be relocated to 50 nearby counties and cities.It was not said where the remaining 100,000 would be placed to make way for the Danjiangkou Reservoir, which is part of the multi-billion-dollar North-South Water Diversion Project.
The project's goal is to bring water from the Yangtze, the nation's largest river, to the parched north of the country, which is plagued by droughts.
Previously, Xinhua said that by 2010, up to one billion cubic meters of water will be diverted to Beijing annually.
The relocation of the 330,000 people is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, according to the projects website.