Rescue work underway in villages flooded by Laos dam breach

Published July 25, 2018, 12:15 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By the Associated Press
BANGKOK — Rescuers are searching for hundreds missing in villages flooded when part of a newly built hydroelectric dam was breached in southeastern Laos.

CORRECTS TO STILL PHOTO - In this Tuesday, July 24, 2018, photo, villagers take refuge on a rooftop above floodwaters from a collapsed dam in southeastern Laos. Rescue efforts are ongoing in villages flooded after part of a newly built hydroelectric dam was breached in southeastern Laos. (Lao National Television via AP/ MANILA BULLETIN)
CORRECTS TO STILL PHOTO – In this Tuesday, July 24, 2018, photo, villagers take refuge on a rooftop above floodwaters from a collapsed dam in southeastern Laos. Rescue efforts are ongoing in villages flooded after part of a newly built hydroelectric dam was breached in southeastern Laos. (Lao National Television via AP/ MANILA BULLETIN)

SK Engineering & Construction, one of two South Korean partners in the project, said in a statement late Tuesday that the top of one of five auxiliary earth-fill dams at the project had collapsed Sunday night after heavy rains.

The cascade from the collapse swept away houses, flooded villages and left more than 6,600 people homeless. The official Lao news agency KPL said the disaster “left hundreds of people missing,” without providing details.

The website of the state-run Vientiane Times newspaper said Wednesday that two people were confirmed dead as of Tuesday afternoon. The government declared the area a disaster zone.

 
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