Brazilian court stops controversial dam project

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Amazon Indians have reason to celebrate after a Brazilian court ordered work on a huge hydro-electric dam to stop.

While Greenpeace campaigned against the Belo Monte project on environmental grounds, the court said the indigenous people had not been properly consulted.

Once completed the 11,000-megawatt dam would have flooded a vast area of tropical forest and displaced thousands of indigenous people.

The project had originally been approved by the Brazilian Congress in 2005, but the court said congress should not have gone ahead unless they had received clear backing from the communities likely to be affected.

The building consortium in charge of the construction is expected to appeal the decision.