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750,000 impoverished people to be relocated in SW China

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-02-25 18:43

GUIYANG - Southwest China's Guizhou, one of the most impoverished provinces in the country, plans to relocate over 750,000 people this year as a poverty alleviation measure.

A total of 181,000 households will be moved from remote, inhospitable areas in the hope of providing them with a better life, said Wang Yingzheng, head of a provincial relocation bureau.

Over 3,600 entire villages will be moved, accounting for about 30 percent of those to be relocated, said Wang.

The cost of the operation is estimated at 45 billion yuan ($6.6 billion).

"We are moving two thirds more people than last year," he said.

China plans to lift 10 million people above poverty line this year, with Guizhou one of the frontline provinces.

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