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World's largest dam requires relocation of 1.4 million

Landslides and bank collapses cause dam instability

BEIJING, | April 20, 2012

Another 100,000 people may be moved from around China's Three Gorges Dam because of landslides and reservoir bank collapses, Chinese state media reported.

They quote a governmental official as saying the number of geological disasters had increased dramatically since the water level behind the dam on the Yangtze River reached its maximum in 2010, the BBC reported Wednesday.

The world's largest dam project has already required the relocation of around 1.4 million people.

Authorities will try to stabilize 355 locations around the dam where rockfalls and landslides have occurred, but some 100,000 people may have to be moved from the area in the next three to five years, Lou Yuan, an inspector at China's Ministry of Land Resources, told China National Radio.

The water level in the huge reservoir behind the $40 billion dam rises and falls with the seasons, making the banks unstable, experts said.

Completed in 2006, the reservoir reached its full height two years ago after submerging 13 cities, 140 towns and 1,350 villages, they said.

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