See also the Dams sub-section under Water
|Title:|| ||China Moves to Dam the Nu, Ignoring Seismic, Ecological, and Social Risks
|Date of publication:|| ||25 January 2013|
|Description/subject:|| ||"In a blueprint for the energy sector in 2011-15, China’s State Council on Wednesday lifted an eightyear
ban on five megadams for the largely free-flowing Nu River [Salween], ignoring concerns about geologic
risks, global biodiversity, resettlement, and impacts on downstream communities.
“China’s plans to go ahead with dams on the Nu, as well as similar projects on the Upper Yangtze
and Mekong, shows a complete disregard of well-documented seismic hazards, ecological and social
risks” stated Katy Yan, China Program Coordinator for the environmental organization International
Rivers. Also included in the plan is the controversial Xiaonanhai Dam on the Upper Yangtze.
A total of 13 dams was first proposed for the Nu River (also known as the Salween) in 2003, but
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao suspended these plans in 2004 in a stunning decision. Since then,
Huadian Corporation has continued to explore five dams – Songta (4200 MW), Maji (4200 MW),
Yabiluo (1800 MW), Liuku (180 MW), and Saige (1000 MW) – and has successfully lobbied the
State Council to include them in the 12th Five Year Plan..."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||International Rivers|
|Format/size:|| ||pdf (71K)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||26 January 2013|
|Title:|| ||High and Dry
|Date of publication:|| ||June 2010|
|Description/subject:|| ||A fierce heat wave combined with a drought to create serious water shortages in many parts of Burma in May...
"Temperatures in Rangoon, Pegu and Irrawaddy divisions and in central Burma and Arakan State reached three-decade record highs of up to 45 degrees Celsius, according to official reports.
The excessive heat dried up ponds in many villages, leading to a shortage of water for drinking and sanitation. Many communities in need received emergency water supplies from volunteer workers—and the government..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||Myat Moe Maung|
|Source/publisher:|| ||"The Irrawaddy" Vol. 18, No. 6|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||29 August 2010|