China’s Three Gorges Dam is now up and running. With the last of the hydropower generators in place, its generating capacity is now 22.5 gigawatts: 11 per cent of China’s total hydropower capacity. But what was the cost? Here are the figures:
40bn: The estimated cost of the dam (dollars).
1.4m: The number of people who have had to relocate.
100,000: The number of people who might be moved because of landslides.
1,350: The number of villages that have been submerged.
140: Towns submerged.
13: Cities submerged.