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Thu Aug 9, 2018, 05:38 PM

The Laos disaster reminds us that local people are too often victims of dam development

On July 22, the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam under construction in Laosí Attapeu Province collapsed. Flash flooding inundated eight villages, killing at least 29 people and leaving 131 officially reported missing. The final number of casualties could be much higher.

Disaster response activities are ongoing. The deputy secretary of the province claimed that more than 1,100 people were still unaccounted for, as of July 27. Laotian authorities are investigating whether the collapse was caused by heavy rainfall, inadequate construction standards, or a combination of the two...

...On July 22, the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam under construction in Laosí Attapeu Province collapsed. Flash flooding inundated eight villages, killing at least 29 people and leaving 131 officially reported missing. The final number of casualties could be much higher.

Disaster response activities are ongoing. The deputy secretary of the province claimed that more than 1,100 people were still unaccounted for, as of July 27. Laotian authorities are investigating whether the collapse was caused by heavy rainfall, inadequate construction standards, or a combination of the two...


The Laos disaster reminds us that local people are too often victims of dam development

Don't worry; be happy. Despite the tremendous triumph of "green" energy that we all hear all about all the time, climate change seems more real than ever, and that should help us be done with those nasty rivers once and for all.

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Thu Aug 9, 2018, 05:47 PM

1. I wonder where this was in comparison to the dam that collapsed in August last year?

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Thu Aug 9, 2018, 06:25 PM

2. I have no idea. These "green" energy deaths go down the rabbit hole really fast. I hadn't...

...heard of that one.

None of them thankfully approached the death toll of Banqiao, but nobody cares about Banqiao at all, even if it seems to have killed as many as or even more than 200,000 people in the 1970's.

...nowhere near as sexy as Fukushima.

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