(August 24, 1998) As the Yangtze River Valley is engulfed by China’s worst flooding in more than four decades, debate over whether the Three Gorges dam would have stopped this year’s flood has been revived.
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(August 24, 1998) Earlier this year, sociologist Wu Ming travelled to the counties around the Three Gorges Dam. Here is the second excerpt from his study, published by the International Rivers Network in March, 1998.
As the Yangtze River Valley is engulfed by China’s worst flooding in more than four decades, debate over whether the Three Gorges dam would have stopped this year’s flood has been revived.
(August 7, 1998) As China’s worst Yangtze flood in half a century hits, the government must decide whether to submerge poor rural districts in order to save large cities like Wuhan. Environmentalist Dai Qing says the Three Gorges Dam would not help.
(August 1, 1998) Export Credit Guarantees should, as a rule, only be extended for development purposes. However, increases in export credit guarantees seem to reflect an exporter-driven drive for business, rather than a borrower-driven need for funding.
Power Company Off the Hook for Damaging Fisheries in Lao PDR Government or Foreign Aid Should Pay for Restoration, ADB Says
(July 28, 1998) The Lao government or foreign aid agencies should pay for restoring fisheries damaged by the Theun-Hinboun hydro dam, not the power company that owns and operates it, according to the project’s lead financier, the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
(July 14, 1998) Critics say that the World Bank tolerated and in some ways may have inadvertently stoked the corruption and economically corrosive practices of the Suharto regime.
(i) Zhu Rongji Heads Three Gorges Project
(ii) Dam Construction Spurs Archaeological Looting
(iii) Vegetation Species in Yangtze Dam Site to Disappear
(iv) Meteorological Stations to Forecast Floods for Dam
(v) New Book by Dai Qing Investigates Dam Disasters in China
(June 25, 1998) Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand will defer purchases of electricity from several multi-billion-dollar projects in Laos, citing the slowdown in Thailand’s power demand.
(June 23, 1998) The World Bank said on Tuesday some of its dam resettlement programmes were inadequately monitored, and promised to do more to protect the people these projects displace.
(June 23, 1998) THAI Farmers Bank President Banthoon Lamsam reiterated Monday that the acquisition of Phatra Thanakit Plc will benefit all parties involved as it will likely lessen the financial damage.
(June 18, 1998) Pakistan’s plan for economic recovery has run into trouble following a dispute over a controversial dam the government intends to build in central Punjab province.
(June 18, 1998) A host of problems including funding threaten the viability of four large power-generation projects in Laos. Thai energy officials are now sceptical that the projects, which would export a total of 1,956 megawatts, can proceed as planned. The projects have been promoted by joint ventures that include Thai companies.