Thailand Dam May Intensify Conflict

BANGKOK

Academics warn that a dam newly approved for southern Nakhon Si Thammarat province will intensify conflicts between citizens and the authorities and destroy a bountiful forest ecosystem, while bringing no substantial benefit in terms of irrigation or flood prevention. Citing farmers’ needs and flood perils, the Cabinet recently approved the Royal Irrigation Department’s (RID’s) proposal to establish the Wangheeb Dam and Reservoir in Thung Song district. It’s expected to cost Bt2.38 billion.

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