Conference On Reservoir Security Opens In Tajikistan
September 8, 2009
three-day international conference on security at water reservoirs has opened
in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe,
according to RFE/RL's Tajik Service. Attendees were
expected to discuss safety at reservoirs including Tajikistan's
Lake Sarez, formed
in 1911 after a strong earthquake blocked part of a river valley in the eastern
part of the country.
has become a vital source of water for Tajikistan. But fears persist that
an earthquake similar in size to the earthquake that formed Lake Sarez
could happen again and release massive amounts of water that would flood large
sections of southeastern Central Asia and northeastern Afghanistan.
The conference was also expected to host a discussion on
Russian-built hydropower facilities in Tajikistan. There are additional
concerns about those reservoirs after the disaster at the Sayano-Shushenskaya
Foreign journalists are barred from attending the conference.