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The tragic failure of the Sardoba
dam has sparked fresh debate around water conflicts and the need for
cooperation between countries in Central Asia

Traumatic memories of Sardoba dam failure…

At 5.55 am on May 1, after five days
of severe storms, a dam wall at the Sardoba reservoir in the region of
Sirdaryo, Uzbekistan, collapsed and water poured through a breach onto cotton
fields and villages.

To reduce water pressure on the
walls of the reservoir and prevent further collapse of dam walls, its gates
were opened. Water spilled into the Southern Golodnostepsky Canal and its
offshoots, with the intention …

Arctic, Solidarity »

[14 Jun 2020 | Topics: ]

A huge flow of diesel has reached
stunning Lake Pyasino in the Arctic after the recent accident at a thermal
power plant near Norilsk, it is believed. This indicates the failure of initial
attempts to contain the toxic pollution, and with the lake linked by the Pyasina
River to the Kara Sea there are now fears much worse is to come. A grim
Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Uss
said: ‘The fuel has got into Lake Pyasino. This is a beautiful lake about 70
kilometres long.‘But it’s impossible to predict how it will bear this brunt
now. At the moment, …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[4 Jun 2020 | Topics: ]

We warned in vain that hydropower construction should be halted to prevent massive outbreak of COVID-19 at Beloporozhskaya hydroelectric station.

A large outbreak of coronavirus was detected in Karelia, at the construction site of the Beloporozhskaya hydropower station, with number of COVID-positive patients hospitalized from the construction site coming to 79 by the morning of June 4. Two months ago Eugene Simonov –international coordinator of the Rivers without Boundaries coalition published a warning to Karelia authorities insisting that precautions should be taken and construction should not be rushed to meet …