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SPECIAL REPORT: Compensation talks begin for Lao dam disaster victims

By PRATCH RUJIVANAROM 
THE NATION

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Clear evidence remains at a temple in Ban Hinlat of the destruction caused by deadly flash flooding triggered by the collapse of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower dam last July as negotiations over compensation inch forward.

LAO AUTHORITIES say negotiations have begun over compensation for the victims of last summer’s Xe Pian-Xe Nam Noy Dam collapse, but environmental activists and rights campaigners want the dam’s backers to do more than just pay out money – they should help restore their livelihoods, too.

More than 7,000 survivors of the disastrous collapse of the hydropower dam in southern Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district have been struggling to survive for nearly seven months. They’ve received little help from the authorities. Aid has come from overseas organisations and private donors.

Now they’ve had their first glimpse of concrete progress with the foreign investors in the controversial dam, who are finally preparing to pay them full compensation.

Credit, Read more: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30364301

-- THE NATION 2019-02-18

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