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Exclusive Report: Bureaucratic Chaos Rife in Hours Before Laos Dam Burst

On the night of July 23, water poured over a saddle dam at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy (PNPC) hydropower project in Champassak, Laos, sweeping away homes and causing severe flooding in up to 12 villages downstream in Champassak and neighboring Attapeu province. More than 40 villagers were killed and dozens were listed as missing, […]

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New questions asked about Lao dam toll, builder’s role

Civil society groups say govt toll of about 40 is not credible, that 800 or more people could have died in July; while Korean MP claims the firm building the dam altered the design and lowered the height to boost its profit The official death toll given by the government of Laos for the dam […]

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New Laos land law could block customary rights, women’s titles: analysts

VIENTIANE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new land law may bring greater transparency in land management and modernization of records in Laos, but it could also curb ownership by women, as well as the customary rights of rural and indigenous people, analysts said. The long-delayed legislation is scheduled to be tabled before the country’s National […]

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Lao Police Shut Down Concert Raising Funds For Rural School

Lao police shut down a benefit concert this week held to raise funds for a local school after objecting to a slogan found on T-shirts sold at the site, Lao sources said. The concert, held on Oct. 14 in the Kaysone district of Savannakhet province in southern Laos, had run for only 40 minutes before […]

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WSE opens first British ELT centre in Laos

Wimbledon School of English has announced the opening of the first British English language centre in Laos, WSE Vientiane, in partnership with Panyathip International School. The agreement between WSE and Panyathip was signed in August 2018 between WSE managing director Jane Dancaster and founder and director of Panyathip International School, Pathana Panyathip. The signing was […]

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Lao Government’s Compensation For Villagers Affected by Dam Disaster ‘Inappropriate’

The Lao government’s offer of U.S. $176 to the families of the 40 Laotians confirmed to have perished in flooding caused by a dam collapse in the southwestern part of the country last month is not sufficient, a retired health official said Tuesday. Families have been offered 1.5 million Lao kip (U.S. $176) for each […]

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NGO Coalition Boycotts Prior Consultation Process For Proposed Lao Dam

A coalition of NGOs and community-based groups dedicated to raising public awareness about the risks associated with dams on the Mekong River said Friday that it will boycott the prior consultation process for the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project in Laos. “Save the Mekong coalition is boycotting the Pak Lay prior consultation because serious and […]

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ຕ່າງປະເທດ ກ່າວເຖິງສາເຫດເຂື່ອນແຕກຢູ່ອັດຕະປື

ມາເບິ່ງຕ່າງປະເທດ ກ່າວເຖິງສາເຫດເຂື່ອນແຕກຢູ່ອັດຕະປື ວ່າ ເກີດຈາກໄພທຳມະຊາດ ຫຼືປັນຫາອື່ນ ອົງການແມ່ນ້ຳສາກົນ (International Rivers) ໄດ້ສະແດງຄຳຄິດເຫັນຕໍ່ເຫດການ ສັນເຂື່ອນ D (Saddle Dam D) ແຕກ ວ່າ ອຸປະຕິເຫດໃນຄັ້ງນີ້ ສະແດງໃຫ້ເຫັນເຖິງ ຄວາມສ່ຽງອັນໃຫຍ່ຫຼວງຫຼາຍຢ່າງ ທີ່ກ່ຽວຂ້ອງກັບການອອກແບບເຂື່ອນ ທີ່ບໍ່ສາມາດ ຮັບມືກັບສະພາບອາກາດທີ່ຮຸນແຮງໄດ້ ແລະ ຍັງສະແດງໃຫ້ເຫັນເຖິງຄວາມຂາດເຂີນທາງດ້ານ ລະບົບການເຕືອນໄພທີ່ດີພໍ ການແຈ້ງເຕືອນດັ່ງກ່າວ ກໍຫຼ້າສວຍເກີນໄປ ແລະບໍ່ມີປະສິດທິພາບ ທີ່ຈະຮັບປະກັນວ່າປະຊາຊົນໄດ້ມີເວລາກະກຽມ ຄວາມປອດໄພໃຫ້ແກ່ຕົນເອງ ແລະສະມາຊິກຄອບຄົວໄດ້ທັນການ ການກຳນົດພາລະບົດບາດ ແລະໜ້າທີ່ຮັບຜິດຊອບ ລະຫວ່າງເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ລັດ ກັບບໍລິສັດເຂື່ອນໄຟຟ້າເອກະຊົນ ບໍ່ມີຄວາມຊັດເຈນ ໃນການຮັບມືຕໍ່ສະພາບການສຸກເສີນຕ່າງໆທີ່ອາດເກີດຂຶ້ນ ອົງການແມ່ນ້ຳສາກົນ ໄດ້ກ່າວວ່າ: ມີຫຼາຍເຂື່ອນທີ່ກຳລັງຢູ່ໃນການດຳເນີນການ ແລະຢູ່ໃນແຜນການ ບໍ່ໄດ້ຮັບການອອກແບບໃຫ້ຮັບມືກັບສະພາບອາກາດທີ່ຮ້າຍແຮງໄດ້ ສະພາບອາກາດທີ່ຮ້າຍແຮງ ແລະບໍ່ສາມາດຄາດຄະເນໄດ້ ກຳລັງເພີ່ມທະວີຄວາມຮຸນແຮງຂຶ້ນເລື້ອຍໆ ເນື່ອງຈາກການປ່ຽນແປງຂອງພູມອາກາດ ສ້າງຄວາມກັງວົນດ້ານຄວາມປອດໄພ ໃຫ້ແກ່ປະຊາຊົນຫຼາຍລ້ານຄົນທີ່ອາໄສຢູ່ຕາມແມ່ນ້ຳໃກ້ເຂື່ອນ ຜູ້ສະໜອງທຶນໂຄງການ, ຜູ້ວາງແຜນ ແລະຜູ້ດຳເນີນການ ຕ້ອງໄດ້ມີການປະເມີນຜົນ ກຳລັງຂອງເຂື່ອນຢ່າງຮີບດ່ວນ ເພື່ອຕ້ານທານກັບສະພາບອາກາດທີ່ຮ້າຍແຮງ ແລະຮັບປະກັນວ່າ […]

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Several dead, hundreds missing after hydroelectric dam collapses in Laos

The death toll is still unknown after a dam collapse destroyed thousands of homes in Laos and swallowed entire villages. BANGKOK – A hydroelectric dam collapsed in southeastern Laos, leaving an unknown number of people dead and hundreds missing, state media said Tuesday. Rescue efforts were underway as top government officials rushed to the site […]

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US suspends visas from Myanmar, Laos following refusal to take back deported citizens

The Trump administration has suspended the issuing of visas to citizens of the Southeast Asian countries of Myanmar and Laos, following both governments’ refusal to take back citizens who had been ordered deported from the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday afternoon it had ordered the State Department to sanction visas for Myanmar […]