A Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydroelectric dam collapsed in southern Laos, flooding nearby regions San Sai district that was home to 6600 people, leaving them homeless while hundreds still missing and several confirmed to be dead. The authorities have deployed boats to evacuate and rescue victims of the Laos dam collapse incident.

The hydroelectric dam in Laos’ Attapeu province saw a sudden rise of water levels and collapsed on Monday 8PM, releasing over 5 billion cubic metres of water. The disaster left over 6600 people of the San Sai district homeless as muddy water swept their homes; while several hundred people are still missing and several fatalities have been confirmed by local agencies. The company responsible for the development of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam is collaborating with the Laos government to rescue and evacuate people stranded in nearby region due to the Laos dam collapse.

Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith held an emergency meeting with cabinet ministers to plan our, implement and monitor rescue and relief efforts around the collapsed dam. People stranded in the heavily flooded regions of San Sai are being evacuated through boats, and with time, more help will reach out. Laos is the landlocked and one of the poorest countries in Asia, sharing borders with Thailand – that is expected to lend a helping hand to Laos soon in the tough time of disaster caused by the Laos dam collapse.

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