Efforts to ease the social and environmental impact of a controversial dam in Communist Laos are behind schedule only months before its massive reservoir is flooded, an environmental group says. The group highlights shortcomings and delays in programs to compensate thousands of villagers on the Nakai Plateau and communities downstream affected by the USD 1.45 billion project in mountainous central Laos. Stretching 125 miles along the plateau, the 1,070-megawatt dam is the centerpiece of the tiny, landlocked country’s plan to become a “battery” for the region and help pull its 5.8 million people out of poverty. (Reuters)

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