Following Tragic Dam Collapse, Mekong Nations Talk Hydropower at Forum

The Lower Mekong Basin is home to some 60 million people and has a gross domestic product of about $800 billion, according to official figures.

Washington, D.C – Leaders of the Mekong nations have raised concerns over the development of hydropower along the river system following the collapse of a major dam in Laos in July.

The leaders met on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum on Asean to discuss their vision for the region’s development, which was live streamed.

The Lower Mekong Basin is home to some 60 million people and has a gross domestic product of about $800 billion, according to official figures. About 40 percent of the population lives within a 15-kilometer-wide corridor along the river banks and depend on the river to support four-fifths of their food and other livelihood needs, according to the Mekong River Commission.

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