Residents living near a small dam in Laos are calling on its operators to warn them before releasing water after unexpected flooding this week washed away or sunk more than 10 boats used by village fishermen.
“And though they came to collect information about the damage, they haven’t done anything yet to help us,” a farmer said. “We farmers have now filed a complaint with the China Railway Engineering Group, requesting compensation and a solution to the problem.”
Some 496 of 700 planned new homes have been completed for victims of the dam failure in southern Laos’ Attapeu province, and will be ready for residents in 2021.
A planned multimillion-dollar farming project, financed by the ministry and a local company, aims to export cattle and processed cattle products to China as well as meet the demand for beef in Lao markets.
Under this Emission Reductions Payment Agreement (ERPA), the World Bank commits to making payments to the Lao PDR for verified reductions of up to 8.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in northern Laos.
The Sanakham dam is one of seven mega-dams that the landlocked country is planning, in defiance of environmental and economic sense.
The Lao government has adhered to an agenda that gambles the country’s international reputation and is also starkly out of step with its stated goals around sustainable development
The Lao communist party’s newly selected General Secretary Thongloun Sisoulith once promised change. Now he sits atop a closed and sclerotic system.
Thailand called on the developer to conduct an extensive environmental impact assessment and again revise the report before the next prior consultation.
There are currently 78 operational hydropower plants with a combined installed capacity of 9,972 MW in Laos. According to the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines, dam builders have to enhance safety systems, both for existing and under-construction dams.