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Dam disaster victims stare at uncertain future

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Dam disaster victims stare at uncertain future

By Pratch Rujivanarom 
The Nation 
Attapeu, Laos

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People start to move in Ban Mai temporary residence after part of the residence is finished. These new compact houses will receive displaced villagers from Ban Bok Camp, who currently have to stay in the tents.Photo by Visarut Sankham

Fears linger for livelihoods as new villages being built for Lao victims may not be suitable for agriculture

THE VICTIMS of the Xi Pian-Xe Namnoi Dam collapse may not be able to return to their normal lives any time soon because the locations of their new villages and farmlands are unsuitable for living and farming. And meanwhile the process of claiming compensation from dam invest- ors is still dragging on.

Some of the people affected by the deadly hydropower-dam disaster in Attapeu province of southern Laos were recently compensated for the loss of family members. But amid lack of clarity from the government on how to resettle the displaced villagers, the victims are worried about the future at their new homes.

Wan Pongthongsee, village headman of Ban Samong, said his village was one of six communities that had suffered severely from the flash flooding and had to be abandoned.

Credit, Read more: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30363046

-- THE NATION 2019-01-28

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