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China-Backed Hydro Dam Upsets Burma Locals

In September, Burma's reform-minded President Thein Sein appeared to heed environmental concerns and suspended construction of a controversial China-backed hydropower dam in northern Kachin state. But the Myitsone dam project has not been cancelled and locals worry what will happen if construction resumes.

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Construction workers' quarters at Myitsone Hydropower Dam project site where Irrawaddy river begins, Kachin State, Burma, March 31, 2012. (VOA - D. Schearf)
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Construction workers' quarters at Myitsone Hydropower Dam project site where Irrawaddy river begins, Kachin State, Burma, March 31, 2012. (VOA - D. Schearf)

Riverside at Myitsone in Kachin State, Burma, March 31, 2012. (VOA - D. Schearf)
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Riverside at Myitsone in Kachin State, Burma, March 31, 2012. (VOA - D. Schearf)

Signs warn relocated villagers not to return to old village or face prosecution according to law, Myitsone, Burma, March 31, 2012. (VOA - D. Schearf)
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Signs warn relocated villagers not to return to old village or face prosecution according to law, Myitsone, Burma, March 31, 2012. (VOA - D. Schearf)

Aung Myin Thar relocation village near Myitsone Hydropower Dam project site, Kachin State, Burma, March 31, 2012. (VOA - D. Schearf)
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Aung Myin Thar relocation village near Myitsone Hydropower Dam project site, Kachin State, Burma, March 31, 2012. (VOA - D. Schearf)

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