CHINA SOUTH NORTH WATER TRANSFER PROJECTAdd to Lightbox
Trucks drive past Chinese archaeologists and villagers working at an archaeological site of an ancient burial grounds thought to be dated 5,000 to 7,000 years ago in Xichuan county of Henan Province in China on 28 June 2010. China hasten to save its cultural and heritage relics that would be affected by the colossal South-to-North Water Transfer project upon its completion. In Xichuan county alone, which used to the ancient city of Chu in 1063 B.C., 161 archaeological sites have been marked as cultural heritage points to be salvaged before they are submerged water from the Danjiangkou Dam reservoir by 2014. The South-to-North Water Transfer project, the largest known water diversion project, was conceived in 1952 to solve the country's chronic water shortages and involves creating three routes to channel 44.8 billion cu m of water from southern China to the northern areas. As part of the project's central route, affecting Henan and Hubei provinces, water from the Danjiangkou reservoir will be diverted to Beijing. Parts of Xichuan county, a remote, mountainous region inaccessible by railway and home to 162,000 migrants, the most anywhere, will be completely submerged by water from the Danjiangkou reservoir by 2014. The vast resettlement of affected residents in Xichuan county began in August 2009 and lasted till 2011.
- Hwee Young How
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