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Dam failure clouds Laos' dream of becoming regional power force

Delays to power plant projects could harm other economies in Southeast Asia

A collapsed dam in southern Laos has forced over 7,000 people to evacuate and set back the country's hydroelectric ambitions.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The dam collapse in Laos has cast a shadow on its goal of quickly ramping up hydroelectric power generation and could threaten industrial policy in Southeast Asia, which counts on electricity from the country.

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