China to relocate 1.4 mln people away from geological threats

Updated 2017-01-18 20:45:13 Xinhua

Some 400,000 families, or 1.4 million people, living in areas known to be geological disaster hot spots will be relocated, according to a government plan released Wednesday.

These families live in areas where geological disasters can not be prevented or reduced through human intervention, according to the plan, and they will be moved by the end of 2020.

Throughout the 2016-2020 period, measures will be taken to address geological risks such as gullies or slopes with loose debris or landslide hazards, and protection projects will be launched in populated areas.

Groundwater exploitation will be outlawed in areas with serious subsidence or ground fissures, according to the plan, and the geological authorities will ascertain potential hazards that may result in loss of life or earnings.

China has suffered some of the world's worst geological disasters, as 65 percent of its landmass is mountainous or hilly. From 2011 to 2015, China saw more than 60,000 geological disasters, killing 2,008 people and causing losses in excess of 20 billion yuan (about 2.9 billion U.S. dollars), according to the Ministry of Land and Resources.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58July 23 2017 06:41:16

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16July 23 2017 06:41:16

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18July 23 2017 06:41:16

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords