Cambodian Villagers Say Authorities Failed to Honor Promises For Flood Relief

Nearly 100 families in two communes affected by flooding from the reservoir of the controversial Lower Sesan 2 mega-dam in northeastern Cambodia’s Stung Treng province said Tuesday that authorities have failed to honor promises they made to rebuild their submerged communities and provide much-needed supplies and services.

Forty-seven families in Kbal Romeas commune and 50 in Sre Kor commune, who refused to relocate for the hydropower project, have turned down compensation from the joint venture that built Cambodia’s largest dam on the Sesan River, a major tributary of the Mekong River, after the facility went online in November 2017 and submerged their homes.

The project — a joint venture between Cambodia’s Royal Group and China’s state-owned Hydrolancang International Energy Company Ltd. — has come under intense fire by locals and green groups for its negative social and environmental impacts.

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