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As an ordinary citizen of Myanmar, I simply don’t understand the dam construction at confluence, which will apparently alter the hydrology and ecology of Irrawaddy basin in many ways. Despite most concerned citizens disapproval, the construction is accelerating without considering potential healh impacts like water-borne diseases,poisoning by minerals, seismics activity, lack of protein, social disruption, quality of life, etc. One can argues that this very hydro dam evolves from the demands for energy and we know it is just another sugar-coated rationale. What about other small scale dams, which has been built and (utilized?) in past 2 decades? How many of those dams alleviate poverty, and improve qulaity of life of the communities? One might also argue that this very construction prevent flooding and this is not even close to trade-off between the citizens’ benefits and the desire for personal wealth. Having no transparency and chance to access the energy needs for my homeland, the attempt to harness the natural resouces is no less than fulfilling international demand and about financial benefits accrue from development projects, while ignoring the adverse environmental, social and health impacts. Overall, it is a shame that health is barely accepted as integral part of planning. In this regard, as a stakeholder-being-left-out throughout the process relating to dam construction, I would like to express my opposition to this project, which will jeopardise economy, ecology, and safety of local communities.