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Seventeen bodies recovered after Laos dam disaster
    2018-07-26  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE bodies of 17 people have been recovered after a dam collapse led to flash floods in southern Laos, as two South Korean firms involved in the hydropower project said yesterday damage was reported at least 24 hours before the disaster.

A wall of water was unleashed Monday after parts of the Xe-Namnoy dam were washed away, submerging several villages with hundreds of people feared missing.

A Thai consular official at the scene of the relief effort in Attepeu province said 17 bodies had been “recovered.”

“But we cannot determine the number of missing yet,” Chana Miencharoen said, adding roof-level flood waters were hampering rescue efforts.

Footage on Laos television showed people huddled on roofs as muddy water several meters high swirled menacingly close below them. “All of the dead are Laotian... more than 6,000 people are affected from eight villages near the dam,” Chana added.

Poor but blessed with abundant natural resources, Laos aims to become the “Battery of Asia” allowing dozens of foreign-funded dam projects across its network of rivers.

The remote area is only accessible by helicopter and flat-bottomed boat, with roads badly damaged by the flash flooding or completely washed away.

South Korea, which has firms involved in the project, was sending a relief team to the area, President Moon Jae-in’s spokesman said yesterday. (SD-Agencies)

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