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Work Resumes on Controversial Salween River Dam

20 March 2013

Recently work has reportedly resumed on the controversial Tasang hydropower dam in Burma’s Shan State, according to the Shan Herald Agency for News, which reported that the project had been relocated to a site on the Salween River near Mongton town. Field work by environmental organization Shan Saphawa found that living quarters were being built to house about 400 laborers, who had been recruited to work on the project. The group said 123 villages would be forcibly relocated to make way for the US $12-billion project, which is being funded by Chinese and Thai investors. Work on the massive 7,000-megawatt dam began in 2010, but was suspended due to the ongoing ethnic conflict in the area.