Compensation talks begin for Lao dam disaster victims

LAO AUTHORITIES say negotiations have begun over compensation for the victims of last summer’s Xe Pian-Xe Nam Noy Dam collapse, but environmental activists and rights campaigners want the dam’s backers to do more than just pay out money – they should help restore their livelihoods, too.

More than 7,000 survivors of the disastrous collapse of the hydropower dam in southern Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district have been struggling to survive for nearly seven months.