Hundreds missing or dead in Laos dam disaster

Hundreds are missing or dead after a dam under construction in southern Laos collapsed.

KPL – the government owned Laos News agency – reported that 5 billion cubic metres of water swept through six villages in Sanamxay district.

The communist country’s Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and other government officials are in the district to monitor the rescue and recovery effort, KPL stated.


“The collapse of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam on Monday caused flash flooding in six villages of Sanamxay district including Yai Thae, Hinlad, Mai, Thasengchan, Tha Hin, and Samong. Hinlad and Mai villages were hard-hit.

“The disaster has claimed several human lives, left hundreds of people missing and more than 1,300 families (6,600 people) homeless.”

Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed while under construction on Monday night at 8 pm Laos time.

“5 billion cubic metres of waters with several houses in the southern part of Sanamxay swept away, several human lives claimed, and several hundreds of people missing.”

clothing, food items, drinking water, medicines, cash and other relief items are being sent.

Laos is a communist country that is one of the poorest nations in south-east Asia.