28 de julio de 2018, 09:51Vientiane, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) A search and rescue operation for 130 people missing after a hydropower dam collapsed in southern Laos has become "very difficult" due to heavy rains and rising floodwaters, according to Laos News Service says.
In a statement on Saturday, Qassemi sympathised with the government and the people of Laos and the families of the survivors of the incident. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said roads and bridges were damaged, and boat and helicopter were the only means of transport in the worst-affected areas. Rescue teams have arrived from countries including Thailand and China.
The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam collapsed in the southeastern province of Attapeu, about 550 kilometers south of the capital, Vientiane, releasing as much as 5 billion cubic meters of water throughout the district, washing away hundreds of homes and leaving scores of residents homeless.
If all goes to plan, Laos wants to generate a whopping 28,000 megawatts of power in just two years - nearly enough to power all of Thailand for a year. On Thursday, the Cambodian government announced it was attempting to evacuate 25,000 people from their northern border with Laos as floodwaters washed into the country.
The Vietnamese Consulate General in Pakse sent representatives to the site to follow the situation and work with relevant agencies of Champasak and Attapeu provinces.
An April report from the Mekong River Commission predicted that up to 40 percent of fish species in the Mekong River basin could be disrupted by dam-building in the region, a warning echoed by others. Four companies were in charge of the venture: Ratchaburi, Korea Western Power Co.
The dam collapse has led to more than 27 deaths in Laos, but Men Kong, Stung Treng provincial authority spokesman, said that so far no deaths had been reported in Cambodia. The relative told her to leave the house and move to higher ground "because the water was coming", she recalled, speaking in a shelter in the southern town of Paksong on Wednesday evening.
"This event raises major questions about dam standards and dam safety in Laos, including their appropriateness to deal with weather conditions and risks".
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