A River in Peril: The Waters Rise at Three Gorges

Harvard International Review | Fall 2003 | By Manik Suri

Along the banks of China’s longest river, the water is rising — forcing over a million villagers settled in the surrounding valley to relocate their homes hundreds of miles away. Yet this is not a natural occurrence, like the great floods of 1931 and 1954. The rising level of the Chiang Jiang, as the Chinese call the Yangtze, is a deliberate consequence of the Three Gorges Dam, one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken. Read the full piece here.

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