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Ethnic groups oppose several Chinese-backed dam projects which will threaten their livelihood

Myanmar dam projects set to ruin rivers

Activists of Kachin National Organisation living in India shout slogans and hold placards during a protest in New Delhi against the military government's dam projects in northern Myanmar, in this file photo. (Photo by AFP)

For Saw Hla, Myanmar's Salween River is his lifeline. It supplies essential fish and irrigation for his whole community but it is under threat from the Hatgyi Dam project.

"Our livelihood will be impacted and biodiversity will also be destroyed because of the construction of Hatgyi Dam," said Saw Hla, a father of two from Myintkaren village.

About 3,000 people live in his village near the river and depend on agriculture and fishing for their livelihood.

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