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September 08, 2005
The south-north transfer project in China includes three different routes that are to interlink the Yangtze river ( which has relative "surplus" water) and the yellow river ( which is severely overcommitted). The North China plain is home to a population
of over 300 million and is undergoing critical water scarcity, with the common patterns of declining acquifiers, reduced allocation to agriculture, shortages in supply to cities and severe environmental problems of pollution and siltation. The first phase
aiming at the diversion of 20 Bm2 has started with an estimated cost of $ 17 billion and the likely displacement of 3,00,000 people.
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