Nicaragua canal construction has started

Despite 18 months of domestic criticism and increasing protests by local people, the historic Nicaragua canal project, the world’s largest engineering project, is set to begin construction of a 278 km (173 miles) waterway connecting the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, due to be operational by 2020. The canal is planned to cut through Lake Nicaragua, the largest source of freshwater in Central America, and cause the displacement of over 100,000 people.


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