The Forgotten Victims of the Nam Leuk Dam in Laos

Phetsavanh Sayboualavan
Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Villagers living downstream of Nam Leuk Dam continue to suffer loss of fisheries and water quality problems as a result of the Asian Development Bank–funded Nam Leuk Dam in Laos. This report documents the findings of a Laotian researcher who traveled to villages affected by Nam Leuk in May 2004 and found that villagers are suffering from problems with food security, health and education. Compensation to mitigate impacts to villagers' livelihoods has been sporadic and inadequate. Some people have received no assistance at all, despite experiencing significant impacts directly attributable to the dam.

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