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Laos dam builders under scrutiny for rushing project

Civil society groups urge Korean and Thai investors to take responsibility

A man walks on a street during the flood after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos on July 26, 2018.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The Thai and South Korean investors in the hydropower dam in southern Laos that collapsed last month, killing dozens and washing away the homes of thousands, are coming under increasing pressure to take responsibility for the disaster.

Civil society groups in Bangkok and Seoul issued a joint statement on Thursday urging the companies to stop work on the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydroelectric project, which was 80% complete at the time of the tragedy.

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