EGAT official loses leg in Myanmar landmine incident

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Thai News Agency 3 May 2006

TAK, May 3 (TNA) – A Thai official wounded in a landmine explosion Tuesday in neighbouring Myanmar and hospitalised in a Myanmar Army military hospital in Myawaddy was moved to a Thai hospital in Tak province Wednesday.

The Thai survey team member was on duty at an undisclosed location far from the Thai-Myanmar border when the incident took place. Evacuated to Myawaddy, the victim was given an emergency amputation.

The patient was transported by ambulance to Mae Sod hospital in Tak for treatment before being airlifted to a Bangkok hospital.

Chana Mongplee, a survey employee of Thailands state-owned utility the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) was injured and lost his leg while on duty surveying the area where the Hat Gyi dam will be built on the Salween River in Myanmar.

The hydroelectric dam project is a joint cooperation project of the Thai and Myanmar governments to provide energy for use in Myanmar and for export to Thailand.

Ethnic rebel groups, particularly the Karen National Army, have expressed their opposition to the project, stating that it is the intention of the Myanmar government to penetrate and control the Karen homeland.