Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Hundreds missing, homes swept away after dam collapses in Laos

Hundreds missing, homes swept away after dam collapses in Laos

The dam was built by a joint venture led by South Korean companies with Thai and Lao partners, and was still under construction.

The accident happened at a dam in southeastern Attapeu province late on Monday, releasing five billion cubic metres of water with "several human lives claimed and several hundreds of people missing", Laos News Agency said.

Several houses were reportedly swept away in the deluge, which prompted flash floods in several villages across Attapeu Province.

Hundreds of people are missing and several are dead after a hydro-electric power dam in Laos collapsed.

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Photographs shared by BCEL OneHeart charity in Laos.Photographs shared by BCEL OneHeart charity in Laos.Photographs shared by BCEL OneHeart charity in Laos.The Laos dam collapse has left 6600 people homeless.

Under the terms of construction, PNPC said it would operate and manage the power project for 27-years after commercial operations began.

Aiming to become the battery of Southeast Asia, Laos has laid out a hydropower development plan that includes 72 large projects, many of which target electricity exports rather than production for domestic usage.

Laos state media reported that the dam collapsed in the San Sai district of Attapeu province in the southeast of the country.

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The PM, his cabinet members and other senior officials went to nearby Sanamxay to monitor the rescue and relief efforts underway for flood victims.

Yonhap said SK E&C was still trying to find out whether water had overflowed the dam or if the dam had collapsed.

The dam was built to divert the Houay Makchanh, Xe-Namnoy and Xe-Pian rivers into reservoirs that feed into a 410-megawatt power plant created to generate 1879 gigawatts of power a year, with 90 per cent of the power being exported to Thailand and the remaining 10 per cent used locally.

It planned to export 90 percent of its electricity to energy hungry Thailand and the remaining amount was to be offered up on the local grid.

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Environmental groups have long voiced fears about hydropower ambitions in impoverished and landlocked Laos, with around 10 dams in operation, another 10 to 20 under construction and dozens more in the planning stages.

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