Chinese vice premier urges safety at Three Gorges

Officials and workers must ensure the safety of the the Three Gorges dam during the coming flood season, state media reported Chinese vice premier Li Keqiang as warning.

The world’s biggest dam project has already started discharging water to lower the level of the reservoir, the report said, after heavy
rainfall upstream on the Yangtze River.

The relocation of local residents "was a long-term mission", state media cited Li as saying. The report said more than
1.24 million people have been relocated by the project, though other estimates put the figure closer to 2 million.

Li said an ecological protection area should be built around the dam "to prevent water pollution, soil loss and mud-sand silting", the
report added.

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