04-22-2008 14:32
NK Dam Could Threaten S. Korean Regions

A region northwest of Seoul could be hit by severe drought or flooding after North Korea completes a dam in the upper stream of a river that flows across the inter-Korean border this summer, the Unification Ministry said Tuesday.

The construction of the Hwanggang Dam, which began in 2002, is 95 percent complete and likely to be finished around August or September, the ministry said.

The dam on the main tributary of the Imjin River is able to hold between 300 million and 400 million tons of water. When completed, it will be able to control some 20 percent of the water in the river together with four existing smaller dams, according to local media reports.