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Brazilian dams accused of aggravating floods in Bolivia

Author: IPS, Published on: 4 April 2014

…Unusually heavy rainfall, climate change, deforestation and two dams across the border in Brazil were cited…as the causes of the heaviest flooding in Bolivia’s Amazon region…Environmental organisations are discussing the possibility of filing an international legal complaint against the Jirau and Santo Antônio hydroelectric dams built by Brazil, which they blame for the disaster that has…cost 59 lives in Bolivia and material losses of 111 million dollars…according to…Fundación Milenio…30,000 families…have experienced unprecedented flooding…Environmentalists argue that among those responsible are the dams built in the Brazilian state of Rondônia on the Madeira river…Víctor Paranhos…head of the Energia Sustentável do Brasil (ESBR) sustainable energy consortium…[which holds the concession for the Jirau hydropower plant]…rejected the allegations. The dams neither cause nor aggravate flooding in Bolivia “because they are run-of-the-river plants…reservoirs are small, and…dams are many kilometres from the border…it has never rained so much…”…[refers to GDF Suez and Mizha Energia, a subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsui; which head ESBR]

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Related companies: GDF Suez (now Engie) Mitsui