Sep 05, 2007 (DVB)
Karen Rivers Watch says recent fighting for control of a road to the site of the controversial Hatgyi hydropower dam is putting a dangerous strain on the ceasefire in Karen State.
A series of small islands on the Salween River is at risk of ‘going under’ if construction of a hydro-power dam goes ahead as planned, says a local NGO.
Activists say an environmental and social impact assessment for the proposed Naung Pha dam is being carried out without a public announcement to avoid protests that have plagued other dam projects.
The number of temples that will need extensive repairs has risen from 187 last week to 397 as the Department of Archaeology continues to inventory the damage.
Refugee advocacy networks say it will be a lost opportunity for Suu Kyi, who could have met with refugees and camp leaders to discuss their return to Burma.