Irrawaddy River

Irrawaddy Myitsone Dam

Tang Hpre near the Myitsone construction site
The Myitsone Dam is located a mile below the confluence of the Mali and N'Mai rivers in Kachin State, the source of the Irrawaddy River. The dam's reservoir will submerge important historical and cultural sites at the Mali and N'mai Hka rivers, as well as what is widely recognized as the birthplace of Burma. The dam is also located in a region that is recognized as one of the world's top biodiversity hotspots and a global conservation priority. Construction was suspended in 2011 due to concerns about the impacts of the project.

Irrawaddy Dam Construction Begins, Human Rights Abuses Begin

Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Article from The Irrawaddy Online Burma and China began construction on one of the largest dams in Burmasome two months ago; meanwhile, villagers in the area are beingextorted and abused by the Burmese army, according to sources.The Myitsone hydropower project is being built on the Irrawaddyconfluence about 26 miles (42 km) north of Myitkyina, the capital ofKachin State, in northern Burma.A source, who recently observed the dam site, told The Irrawaddy onMonday that about 20 Chinese and a handful of Burmese engineers areworking on the site, plus about 300 construction workers from the AsiaWorl

Despite Protests, Burma's Junta and China Pushing Ahead with First Dam on the Irrawaddy

Monday, October 22, 2007
Media Contacts Below Chinese companies have begun a project to build a giant 152-meter-high dam on the Irrawaddy River, the first to block one of Asias great river systems. Damming the Irrawaddy, a new report launched today by the Kachin Development Networking Group, exposes the social and environmental impacts of the dam, including the displacement of an estimated 10,000 people in northern Burmas Kachin State. The military junta ruling Burma is allowing Chinese partners to manage the project that would transmit electricity to China and potentially generate over US$500 million in revenues pe

Environmental group appeals to China to stop Myanmar dam project

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Article from AFP An environmental group appealed Tuesday to the Chinese government and a number of Chinese enterprises to stop work on a dam project in Myanmar that threatens to block one of Asia's great river systems. China Power Investment Corp. and China Southern Power Grid are among the handful of companies involved in building the Myitsone hydropower plant across the Irrawady river, the Kachin Development Networking Group said. "We are approaching the companies and the Chinese government because this area is very important for our Kachin people," said a group spokesman, re
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