Village Fishermen Near Laos’ Don Sahong Dam Report Smaller Catches

Villagers near Don Sahong Dam, a major dam on the Mekong River in Laos, have reported smaller fish catches as it nears completion.

The dam, slated to conduct its final testing phase by early next month, will be operational by the end of the year.

Don Sahong is one of five planned Lao dams on the Mekong’s main stream, integral to Laos’ strategy of becoming Southeast Asia’s power-exporting “battery,” but many fear that Vientiane’s ambitious plan will have devastating environmental and social impacts.


RFA’s Lao and Vietnamese Services