Issue Date: Nov 15, 1998
Large dams bring poverty in their wake to the thousands who get affected by their construction. The latest is the Kainji Dam, built on Niger river in Nigeria. According to reports from the BBC World Service, at least 100,000 people in western Nigeria were forced to flee their homes after floodwaters overflowed from the dam. More than 60 villages have been completely washed away, said the report. And the death toll is huge.