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China plans water conservation, control projects along Yangtze River
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08:08, January 14, 2009

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Eight conservation and control projects will be started by 2011 along China's longest river, the Yangtze, to improve water use and protect the ecology, a conservation official said Tuesday.

Cai Qihua, director of the Yangtze Water Resources Commission, announced the projects during the commission's annual work meeting. Some projects were already in progress.

The initiatives included strengthening embankments on the middle and lower reaches, building flood control projects at major tributaries and lakes, and controlling minor rivers and mountain torrents that posed threats to life, Cai said.

Other planned projects include reservoir and flood-control facilities, hydropower plants, soil erosion prevention schemes, water-quality monitoring networks and environmental protection facilities.

According to the flood control and anti-drought office of Hubei Province, some tributaries of the Yangtze River, such as the Xiaoshui River and Chuhe River, were flooded last year, triggered mountain torrents and landslides.

At the end of November last year, floods in the Yangtze River basin killed almost 300 people and affected the livelihoods of 57.9 million others. A total of 8,222 towns suffered from the disaster and 230,000 rooms were destroyed, causing losses of 34.5 billion yuan (5 billion U.S. dollars).

Stretching 6,300 kilometers, the Yangtze River originates in northwest China's Qinghai Province and flows through 10 provincial regions before entering the East China Sea near Shanghai.

Source: Xinhua



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