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[26 May 2018 | Topics: ]

Urgent help needed for those affected by the dam tragedy in Colombia
The Hidroituango, hydroelectric project in the department of Antioquia is the largest infrastructure currently running in the country. Since April 28, technical failures have occurred for the plugging of the Cauca river tunnel, which has generated an emergency due to the overflowing of the river, putting at risk the lives, houses, livelihoods and work of thousands of families.
On May 16, the powerhouse dam, in trying to evacuate the accumulated water, collapsed, causing a catastrophe that could become the …

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[19 May 2018 | Topics: ]

Hydropower boom in Latin America fueled by corrupt practices of the Odebrecht and other major construction corporations and supported by loans from China, Germany and multilateral banks continues to displace and threaten local populations.
Hidroituango, Colombia’s largest hydroelectric dam project, which promises to produce 13% of country’s electricity by 2019, has been on the verge of collapse for at least a week.
On  Saturday, May 12,  the company building the dam, Empresa Publica de Medellín (EPM), wasn’t so quick to warn the residents to evacuate. One of previously blocked tunnels swept …

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In Gornozavodsk (Japanese: 内幌町, Naihoro) town on Sakhalin Island, on May 14, 2018 a long anticipated coal-mud flood consumed several buildings  and farms and now creeps towards  the highway and nearby rivers. Coal  miners are routinely allowed to store waste in dangerous locations, displace local residents,  pollute salmon-spawning rivers and pay only minimal fines for all violations.
On Monday morning, the mass of waste earth and rock, that came from the storage of «Gornyak-1» Mining Company, destroyed the house and outbuildings of local retired couple. Family members  have not been …

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[13 May 2018 | Topics: ]

On May 10 a dam supplying water for export-oriented commercial rose-growing  agricultural farm burst in Kenya causing death and devastation. According to dam managers  it served for decades without causing concern, but last week caused a major disaster triggered by heavy rains.
The Patel dam was one of a number on a sprawling farm dams near Solai, 190km  from the capital, Nairobi. But none of them had a permit, a Water Resources Management Authority  spokesman said. But the general manager of the farm, Vinoj Kumar, denied the accusation that dams were …

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[1 May 2018 | Topics: ]

Rt Hon. Theresa May MP Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London, SW1A 2AA April 28, 2018 The Ilisu Dam and Turkey’s use of water as a weapon of war
Dear Prime Minister,
We write as civil society organizations to draw your attention to the imminent impoundment by Turkey of the Ilisu Dam on River Tigris in contravention of international customary law relating to shared waterways, which requires negotiation and agreement on downstream flows. …

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An article published by Chinese scientists shows changes in fish species assemblages along  Yellow river during last 50 years due to dams diversions and invasive species
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From the beginning of the 1960s in China, 32 large and medium-size dams in the main stem and hundreds of smaller ones in the tributaries have been constructed or impounded in the 5,464-km-long Yellow River.
Authors assessed changes in fish assemblages by comparing the species presence in historical and contemporary fish data in the Yellow River from 1965 to 2015. The temporal change in species …