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“If all of these projects are built. they will transform one of the world’s most iconic rivers, and the second most biodiversity river globally, into a series of reservoirs,” said the advocacy group International Rivers . The electricity the dams generate can serve growing urban populations and provide a financial boon for provincial officials, powerful militaries and giant conglomerates. International development agencies often agree to partially finance the dams, despite concerns about corruption, in part because hydroelectric power is seen as preferable to coal-power plants and other fossil fuel projects that contribute to global warming. But many independent studies have demonstrated that hydropower projects in Southeast Asia — especially large ones — directly contribute to erosion, the decimation of fish stocks and biodiversity, and the further impoverishment of rural communities that are forced to leave the dam sites and move to less-fertile land. The collapse of the dam Monday was not the first in Laos. Last year, a dam on the Nam Ao River that was being built as part of a hydropower project burst, although no deaths were reported after that accident. On Tuesday, the state news agency reported that Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos suspended a government meeting and led members of his cabinet to monitor rescue and relief efforts. The 410-megawatt dam is being built by the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company, a joint venture that includes two companies from South Korea, one from Thailand and one from Laos.
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