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5 July 2012

By numbers: the Three Gorges Dam

Building the dam has forced 1.4m people to relocate.

By New Statesman

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.

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140: Towns submerged.

13: Cities submerged.