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Xedon river flood prevention studied with Chinese company

Vientiane Times, December 14, 2017

A feasibility study for a flood prevention project on the Nam Xedon river in Saravan and Champassak province has been inked by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s Irrigation department alongside Zhejiang Construction Investment Group Company of China.
A Memorandum of Understanding for the feasibility study was signed on Tuesday in Vientiane between Irrigation department Director General, Mr Maykong Phonephommavong, and a representative of the Zhejiang construction investment group company of China, Mr Yu Xiangyang.
Mr Maykong said the proposed flood protection project would be about 189 kilometres in length and include 50 water gate systems and 50 pump systems to prevent potential flooding.
The project aims to decrease the areas prone to flooding from 41,000 hectares to about 34,000 hectares.
The project will include five districts including Saravan, Vapy, and Khongxedon districts in Saravan province and Xanasomboun and Pakxe districts in Champassak province.
The construction will be supported by the Zhejiang Construction Investment Group Company of China.
This project is deemed essential as residents of more than 100 villages, especially people living near the banks of the Nam Xedon River and tributaries in the five districts of the provinces will be directly benefited, Mr Maykong said.
Authorities say the feasibility study will gauge the current status and changes in weather conditions.
The authorities will study the quantity and quality of water resources in the designated project area.

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