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Rethink plans to dam Mekong after Laos disaster

Barrage collapse highlights risks and need for alternative energy sources

| Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

The collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam after heavy rains last month that killed more than 30 in Laos and left thousands of Lao and Cambodian people homeless is reigniting an urgent debate about preventing similar tragedies in future.

In a welcome move, the Laos government this week announced a review of safety standards at dams currently under construction and a suspension of approvals for new projects.

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