How better hydropower planning can avert future disasters on the Mekong

The collapse of the Xepian-Xe Nam hydropower dam in Sanamxay district of Attapeu Province, Lao PDR on July 23 is a major tragedy that took the lives of at least 34 Laotians, with at least 100 more still missing and thousands displaced. Some 50 days on, ...

Mekong floods kill 6, force nearly 5,000 families in Cambodia to evacuate

 Six Cambodians have died so far and nearly 5,000 families have evacuated to higher grounds after Mekong floods hit five provinces along the river, a disaster control spokesman said on August 6. Keo Vy, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), said ...

Lao hydropower dam disaster offers great lessons on safety: expert

The hydropower dam collapse in Laos should be seen as a valuable lesson about dam safety, according to Dao Trong Tu from the Vietnam River Network. Keep reading ...

An elemental difference has developed among those concerned for wetland conservation

If this year’s severe drought returns next dry season, Uncle Wai Rodtayoy and other salt farmers in tambon Koek Kharm of Samut Sakhon, known as the country’s largest sea-salt-farming area, will see mounting debts. The price of salt this year bottomed at 450 baht per ...

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