China Roadshow

Posted: 2 May 2001

For centuries the rivers and plains and basins of China have experienced periodic floods, but in 1998 several river systems overflowed at the same time. Over one million people lost their homes, and more than 3 and a half thousand people lost their lives.

Human impact on the environment transformed a natural phenomenon into a catastrophe and focused world attention on the issues surrounding water in China.

The film travels to the forests of the Tibetan Plateau to investigate the role of deforestation and land degradation in the massive flooding that has taken so many lives. It visits the site of the world's largest dam, at the scenic Three Gorges on the Yangste river - a controversial project which aims to control flood waters and generate electricity.

And finally the viewer is taken to the Yellow River where waters are diverted to provide irrigation for agriculture, industry and domestic users.

This 24-minute film forms part of TVE's Earth Report II series and is available from:

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