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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Thailand, Laos agree to build dams in Mekong river

(KPL) Thailand and Laos have signed agreements to construct three dams where the Mekong river passes through Ubon Ratchathani, Nong Khai and Loei provinces, said Thailand's Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on May 25.
According to VNA, once completed, the three dams will help retain water in the Mekong river, enabling Thai and Lao villagers who live on both sides of the river to have sufficient water for the whole year, PM Samak added.
He said he believed in the feasibility of the idea of diverting water from the Nam Ngum river in Laos through underground pipelines to feed Thailand 's northeastern people, for the reason that the Lao river is located on a higher ground than Thailand 's northeastern region.
The Thai PM also revealed a government project to divert water from the Mekong river to feed the water-starved northeastern region.
Water from the Mekong river in Chiang Khan district of Loei province would first be diverted for storing at Ubolratana Dam in Khon Kaen for agricultural production. The two provinces are 80 kilometres apart.

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