ATTAPEU, 30th July 2018, (NNT) – Officials in Attapeu Province of Laos continue to look for missing individuals after Xepian-Xe Namnoy Dam collapsed causing a surge of floodwaters.

Rescuers, consisting of Thai, Laotian, Vietnamese, Chinese and South Korean nationals, are dealing with tough terrain after the incident which caused landslides in the area. Most of the roads in the zone have also been severed.

Furthermore, officials are working around the clock to supply necessities to the victims. Despite the initial donation of supplies by various nations, including Thailand, the demand for survival kits, food, medicines and other essential items remains high.

Surveyors report overflows along the Xepian River, damaging 13 villages located near river banks as well as Stung Treng province in the north of neighboring Cambodia.

Meanwhile, the Laotian government has also issued flood and landslide warnings in Luang Prabang after continuous rain forced officials to release water from the local dam to prevent another collapse.

The collapse of the under-construction Xepian-Xe Namnoy hydropower dam caused flash flooding in several villages of Sanamxay district.

Being constructed by Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Power Company, a joint venture of South Korean, Thai and Lao companies, the hydroelectric power project was estimated to cost 1.02 billion U.S. dollars, and to have annual electricity generation capability of approximately 1,860 GWh.

The feasibility study for the hydroelectric project was completed in November, 2008. Construction of the project began in February 2013 and commercial operations were expected to begin in 2018.

Source : NNT


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