Published On: Tue, Jul 24th, 2018

Collapse of Laos Dam hit many villages with flash floods, Hundreds still missing

According to the State Media report of Laos, the collapse of the under construction Laos dam caused a series of flash floods that ruined many villages in the area. Hundreds are still missing with an unknown number of casualties.

Collapse of Laos Dam hit many villages with flash floods, Hundreds still missing

Lao news agency made a report stating that, the collapse of the Hydroelectric Dam that was under construction in the Attapeu province of Laos, collapsed on Monday. The floods caused by this collapse hit six villages.

The report further stated that thousands are now homeless due to this calamity.

Pictures of these villages show people being stranded on the roofs of their submerged houses and the boasts arriving from other regions to take them to safety.

The news agency report stated that, “This disaster has no only caused an unknown number of deaths but also left hundreds of people missing at the moment”.

The dam named as Xe-Pian Xe-Namoy began back in 2013 and was set to be operational for commercial use in the next year.

Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding, the main stakeholder in the construction of this dam told reporters that they received the report from dam’s operator that the “Saddle Dam D” which was measured at a towering eight of 770 meters and a width of 16 meters had collapsed.

The main reason so far given for the collapse of this dam has been the exce3ssive rain fall that caused the reservoir to over flow.

The statement from the officials has stated that the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company Limited along with other agencies is doing efforts to evacuate and transport people from the flood stricken areas.

A South Korean company, SK Engineering & Construction also told the news reporters that they are also doing their best to evacuate and rescue the flood stricken people from the area.

The state media reported that Prime Minster Thongloun Sisoulith at the moment has gone to the affected area in the district of Sanamxay with many other state officials to monitor the relief and rescue operations.

Local authorities of these villages have made appeals to government and many private body organizations to offer emergency aid for the victims like the clothing, food, medicine and drinking water.

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