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Critics Fear Effects of Laotian Dam Project

Sun Thaya has depended on his taxi boat for his income for years. On average, he said, he earns around 200,000 kips a month, or about $25, to take tourists to see river dolphins on the border between Laos and Cambodia. When there are no tourists, the Lao boatman just fishes in the area to feed his family. But now, the father of four said his livelihood could be at stake because the Lao government plans to build a hydropower dam on the Don Sahong channel, a main channel of the Mekong River...

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