Sunday, January 20, 2019

Environment

Laos Bullish on Dams Despite Fatal Catastrophe

Renewable energy proponents have seized on the fatal collapse of a dam in Laos in their push to steer the country away from its hydropower “binge.”

In “Lost World,” A Fisherwoman Dredges Up Deep Emotions

She said that since the dredging began, many children have dropped out of school to help their families, as it is so much harder to make a living from fishing. Some natives of Koh Srolao have been forced to leave the village and become laborers in Thailand or Phnom Penh.

Developers Press Ahead With Dams, Despite Lao Order to Halt New Hydropower Projects

Developers of two proposed hydropower projects in Laos are pressing ahead with plans to build the mega-dams on the Mekong River, despite a recent order by the government to halt new dam investments following a deadly breach in July that killed 35 people and displaced thousands.

Death toll from Mekong floods in Cambodia rises to 15

Mekong River floods have killed 15 people in Cambodia over the past three weeks, forcing thousands of families to evacuate to higher grounds, a disaster control spokesman said Monday.

Survivors Recount Horror of Laos Dam Collapse

Samled Inthavong had almost finished hoisting his family members into a boat when a building uprooted by the collapse of a dam upstream slammed into his house.

Cambodia’s main city faces growing sewage problem

Many of the capital Phnom Penh's poorest people have been relegated to living in areas that puts their health at risk.

South East Asia – Thousands Evacuate as Rivers Rise

Overflowing rivers have caused severe flooding in parts of South East Asia over the last few days. Around 8,000 people have evacuated their homes in parts of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

News of Laos Dam Failure Didn’t Reach Them, but the Water Did

Kang Ngan isn’t sure what a dam is. She doesn’t know how old she is, although she thinks “over 30” is a good guess. But she has lived long enough to know that something is terribly wrong along the Sekong River.

Thousands displaced in Cambodia by flooding of Mekong

Nearly 1,000 families residing in provinces along the Mekong River had been evacuated to safe areas as of Tuesday, while 1,133 houses in Kratie province had been inundated, according to provincial authorities.

Community groups in Cambodia say logging surged with approaching election

Local forestry groups have reported increased illegal logging in the weeks before Cambodia’s July 29 election, according to reporting by the Phnom Penh Post.

Wave from Laos dam collapse hits Cambodia

Evacuations underway in the northeastern province of Stung Treng, on the border with Laos. Rescuers' efforts continue. 27 dead are ascertained; 131 missing. Message of condolences from the Archbishop of Seoul and a contribution of 43 thousand euros for aid.

Questions raised following deadly Laos dam collapse

Authorities in Laos ordered closer monitoring of hydroelectric facilities as they investigate why a dam in the country's southeast collapsed earlier this week, killing at least 27 people and leaving 131 missing.

Cambodia to evacuate 25,000 people downstream of collapsed Laos dam

An estimated 25,000 people are being evacuated from a northern Cambodian province following extensive flooding due to the collapse of a massive hydropower dam in neighboring Laos.

Thousands of Cambodians evacuated as floods hit

Water from Laos' dam breach streams into neighbouring Cambodia with floodwaters reaching 11.5 metres in some areas.

Huge Flood From Failed Dam In Laos Has Now Spread To Cambodia

Some 25,000 Cambodians raced to find higher ground after floodwaters spread to their province from a failed hydroelectric dam in neighboring Laos, according to state media in Cambodia. In Laos, the government says flooding has killed at least 27 people and destroyed the homes of more than 3,000 residents.

Spanish Environmentalist Calls Hun Sen a ‘Coward’ Over Activists’ Sentencing

A Spanish environmentalist who was deported from Cambodia and saw the organization he founded closed down by the Hun Sen government has labeled the Cambodian prime minister a “coward” after a court this week upheld a decision to sentence three activists over an anti-sand dredging campaign.

Supreme Court Upholds Guilty Verdict Against Environmentalists

San Mala, Try Sovikear, and Sim Samnang were sentenced to 18 months in jail after they organized a protest against the company in April 2015.

Baby Asian Elephants Are Being Crippled by Snares

Camera traps reveal that wire snares set to capture animals for bush meat are wounding baby elephants in Cambodia.

Supreme Court Hears Case of Detained Environmentalists

The Supreme Court on Friday heard the appeal case of three environmentalists who were sentenced on charges of “intimidation” and “causing damage” while investigating an alleged illegal sand dredging operation in Koh Kong province in 2016.

Cambodia, China sign MoUs on environmental protection, biodiversity conservation

Cambodia and China have signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on environmental protection and biodiversity conservation. The MoU included the establishment of the Cambodia-China Environmental...

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Cambodia Allows Ceremony for Murdered Union Leader, But Blocks March

Cambodian authorities this week gave permission for trade union members to commemorate the 2004 murder of their former president Chea Vichea, forbidding participants to march, however, and warning against the involvement of former opposition party members now banned from political life.
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