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Damming the Mekong River

Photo by W.E. Garrett


Laos has announced plans to proceed immediately with the construction of an 820-meter-long hydroelectric dam across the Mekong River. Critics of the project say the Xayaburi dam, to be located in northern Laos, would be an ecological disaster for the Mekong and millions of people in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, who rely on it for food. The project is largely funded by Thailand, which would receive 95% of the generated electricity. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for November 7.


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