Will China change its policy on dams? | Floods

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It has been described as a one-time event in a generation. Floods have inundated large parts of southern and central China after the worst torrential rains in decades. Many people are dead or missing. Entire villages are inundated and millions of people displaced.

The economic losses in dollars are believed to run into the billions. Nearly two months of heavy rains have swelled 433 rivers, some of which are reaching record levels.

Chinese authorities have issued flood warnings and deployed soldiers to evacuate people and consolidate dikes.

Some environmentalists blame climate change. Others raise concerns about the country’s dams – including the Three Gorges, which are struggling with extreme water flows. The dam was once a great national pride.

But what effects do these megaprojects have on people and the environment?

Presenter: Laura Kyle

Guests:

Dan Wang – Analyst, Access China, The Economist Intelligence Unit

Peter McCawley – Associate Professor at Australian National University; author of Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific

Source: Al Jazeera News

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