Last town to be submerged for Three Gorges Dam is evacuated
The project is expected to generate 84.7 billion kilowatts of electricity each year—the amount of energy needed to light the counties of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento.
But scientists and experts have warned that dangers lurk on the horizon for the environment and the territory as landslides are now occurring more frequently.
For instance, a big mudslide hit a village in the Gaoyang area in April, sweeping into the village. And a landslide nearby killed 35 people late last year.
Experts wonder whether such episodes are a consequence of the dam or not. Government officials have tried to allay fears saying that 12 billion yuan (US$ 1.6 billion) have been allocated over the past few years for “geological repairs.”
Concerns have increased since last May’s earthquake in Sichuan, which also damaged some dams.