The worst-hit central and southern Chinese provinces are also the country's agricultural powerhouse.
There is flooding also in
The Chinese government has admitted that the damn is facing “urgent problems”. Since the 1.5 mile barrier across the
The rains may ease the water crisis, but flooding is bad news for an area where it is said that the weight of extra water held back behind the reservoir is causing tremors, erosion and landslides.
More than 1,000 towns and villages were flooded to create the dam reservoir, with 1.4 million people forced to leave their homes and farmland. Now that number may double, as people are moved away from areas endangered by landslips. The whole topography, ecology and hydrology of the great Yangtze river has been destroyed by the dam project.
Many of these citizens will have ended up south of their old homes, in the
And here, in the city of
Photos and video posted on the Internet show police cars and government offices being set alight. The authorities have cracked down with arrests, beatings and tear gas to disperse the crowds.
The tension is not just about ill-treatment of migrants, but reflects discontent amongst workers faced with unemployment and poverty. Factory orders have collapsed, ending
Just as the combination of economic crisis and the ecological disaster of