Myitsone Dam

Experts call for dam review to consider earthquake risks

Date of Release: 
Dec 14 2015

In addition to concerns of environmental degradation and displacement, opponents of the Myitsone dam have noted that if the water storage bank were to rupture in an earthquake, the flooding would stretch so far as to inundate the Kachin State capital, Myitkyina, 27 miles away (43.4 kilometres).

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CPI pushes for restart of Myitsone Dam

Date of Release: 
Jun 5 2015

The president temporarily halted the hydropower project in Kachin State in September 2011, about six months after taking office. The Myitsone Dam faced significant criticism over its environmental impact and its affect on local residents, which U Thein Sein alluded to when ordering the suspension.

Some local villagers say they oppose the project, but CPIYN officials say they are preparing for a possible restart once the president’s term is over after this year’s election.

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