Workers missing after under-construction dam partially collapses in Cambodia
Sunday 02 December 2012
Four workers are missing and presumed drowned after an under-construction dam partially collapsed in western Cambodia, officials said.
Major Theang Leng, chief of police in the district where the hydroelectric dam is located on the Atay river, said the collapse appeared to occur because the dam was holding too much water and had started leaking.
A search has got under way for the missing workers. Another four workers were seriously injured.
Theang Leng said construction work has been temporarily halted as experts survey the damage.
Although Cambodia has an electricity shortage, there has been criticism of building some dams for environmental and social reasons.
Yeat Thay, a mechanic who lives near the site, said the dam's reservoir was completely emptied by the accident. He said there were rumours that three to five Chinese experts involved in the construction were also missing, but Theang Leng denied this.
In a 2008 report, the US-based watchdog International Rivers Network said "poorly conceived hydropower development could irreparably damage" Cambodia's environment and also extract a social cost. In addition to being displaced, local villagers are also often deprived of the natural resources they used to depend on to make a living.
Work on the 120-megawatt Atay hydroelectric project began in 2008 and had been scheduled for completion in May 2013. The project is being undertaken by the China Datang Corp as a build-operate-transfer concession under which the company will operate it for 30 years.
Rap music mogul accused of running two men over in his truck
First full-length look is finally here
The party's potential nominations read like a high school race for student body president
- 2 The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Mia Khalifa: Pornhub star claims Drake sent her 'cringeworthy' naked photos on Instagram
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A skilled .NET developer with e...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company are cur...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager - Marke...
£33000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An External Relations Executive is requi...