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Govt to use over 200 dams to generate power

Indonesia: The government is considering the use of more than 200 dams across the country to develop hydro power plants to deal with electricity shortages.

"The dams, which are the assets of the Public Works Ministry, could be developed into hydro power plants and micro-hydro power plants," Public Works Minister Djoko Kirmanto said in a statement on Wednesday.

He said the hydro power plants and micro-hydro power plants, which have the potential to produce 76,670 megawatts (MW) and 770 MW of electricity respectively, must be used to strengthen people's prosperity.

If the water was not managed properly it could cause considerable damage, he added.

"The BNPB [National Disaster Mitigation Agency] has predicted that financial losses caused by floods and landslides early this year reached an estimated Rp 10 trillion," he said as quoted by Antara news agency.

Jakarta suffered the most from these incidents, with a loss of Rp 6 trillion, followed by Central Java with Rp 2.1 trillion, he noted. (***)

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By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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