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Disaster alert system begins

Starting 30 March 2015, residents of Banteay Meanchey, Pursat and Kampong Thom provinces can enrol in a disaster-response calling service through their phones in anticipation of the impending rainy season. “[In the past] the emergency comes before the information. The other channels we have used are ...

Tiger meat and bear paws on menu for Chinese tourists in Laos, says report

A resort complex in northwest Laos targeting Chinese visitors has become a “lawless playground” for the trade in illegal wildlife ranging from tiger meat to bear paws, an advocacy group has said. Customers “can openly buy endangered species products” in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone on ...

Volumes up, returns down as Laos' mining figures confirm impact of global commodity prices

The hit to the value of Laos’ mineral commodity exports inflicted by lower international prices have been confirmed by figures showing an 8.7 percent decrease in returns despite increasing production, local media has reported. Falling prices for gold, potash and copper inflicted the greatest downward pressure ...

Cambodia: Police to investigate market fire

The Phnom Penh police’s fire brigade is creating a new committee to determine the cause of a blaze at O’Russei market on Sunday night, an official said. The flames, which started at about 10:30pm on the ground floor, completely burned down five stalls and damaged five ...

Road could affect future tiger habitat

Cambodia’s recently approved road project leading to the border with Vietnam in Mondulkiri would do irreversible damage to the province’s protected forest and threaten future attempts to reintroduce tigers to the Kingdom, according to the World Wildlife Fund. In a statement released yesterday, the group said ...

Cambodia: 300 stalls at Old Market scorched

A fire ripped through Phnom Penh’s Phsar Chas, otherwise known as Old Market, on 24 November, destroying about 300 of its 914 stalls and causing an estimated $1.5 million in damages, authorities said, although no one was injured or killed. The blaze began at 7am and ...

Hundreds infected in Yangon cholera outbreak

Health officials were insisting last week a cholera outbreak in Yangon’s South Okkalapa township was under control, after hundreds of patients presented at an emergency clinic and Thingangyun Sanpa Hospital for treatment. The outbreak had originally been diagnosed as gastroenteritis but Dr Tin Thit Sa, an ...

Laos agrees to consult with neighbors on Don Sahong dam project

Laos has announced that it will submit the proposed Don Sahong dam on the Mekong River for “prior consultation” within a regional mechanism but will not suspend development of the controversial project that has been criticized by its neighbors and environmentalists. Previously, Laos has refused to comply with a ...

Chinese dam builder in Myanmar cuts food aid to protest-backing families

China Power Investment Corporation (CPI), builder of the controversial Myitsone Dam in Myanmar’s Kachin State, has cut off food assistance to at least two families—among hundreds displaced by the project—after they backed protests against the dam. The two families were from Aungmyinthar village, one of two ...

China's alleged ban on Vietnamese contracts irrelevant: transport minister

In response to reports that China has prohibited state-owned companies from bidding on public projects in Vietnam, Transport Minister Dinh La Thang said the ban, if true, will have no effect on Vietnam. Thang, speaking to press on the sidelines of the National Assembly meeting, said that many Vietnamese ...

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