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Dam burst destroys Kazakh village

“At least 35 people have been killed after a dam broke in southern Kazakhstan, unleashing a flood that destroyed a village, officials said.

“Torrential rains and rising temperatures triggered the reservoir’s burst that left hundreds of homes in ruins on Friday in the village of Kyzyl-Agash near Almaty, Kazakhstan’s biggest city.”

read more: Al Jazeera

Movement against Indian water aggression

“Speaking on the occasion, Saeed said that by constructing illegal dams and diverting water of Pakistani rivers, India has virtually imposed war on Pakistan. He demanded of the government to prepare the nation to counter this aggression. “The government must take practical steps to secure Pakistani water,” he stressed. He said that due to water shortage, not only cultivation of crops would be impossible but drinking water would not be available to Pakistanis. “It is a matter of life and death for Pakistan”, he said.”

read more: The News

Drought in Philippines Forces Blackouts

“Low reservoir levels have caused several hydroelectric plants to shut down or cut operations in the Southeast Asian country.

“Such risks occur when countries rely heavily on hydroelectric power without adequate backup generating capacity.”

read more: Circle of Blue

Unsafe Dams Threaten Communities Nationwide

“Dams across the state are living on borrowed time, and many of our communities are at risk,” Brian Graber, Northeast regional director of river restoration for American Rivers, told the Boston Herald. “These dams were built decades to centuries ago and many of them, perhaps most, no longer serve the function that they were built to provide. Closing our eyes to the problem doesn’t make it disappear. The most cost-effective, permanent way for communities to solve the problems of unsafe dams is to remove them.”

read more: American Rivers

Mekong waters hit record low

“Thailand’s prime minister has said he will seek urgent talks with China after the water level in the Mekong River plunged to its lowest level in 20 years.

“The river, which has its source in China, underpins the livelihoods of more than 60 million people in Southeast Asia.”

read more: Al Jazeera

China villagers moved to quench the urban thirst

“Tens of thousands of people are currently being moved from around the reservoir because their homes and land will soon be under water. Ding Guangyan and his family – six people in all – are just one group of people affected by the scheme.”

read more: BBC News

Agreement Reached on Klamath River – NYT

Four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and Northern California will be removed under an agreement that ends decades of fighting between fishermen, farmers, environmental and Native American groups over water and fishing rights.

via: New York Times