‘Hundreds missing’ after flash floods following Laos dam collapse

Hundreds of people are reportedly missing after flash floods hit a number of villages, following the collapse of an under-construction dam in southeastern Laos.

An unknown number of people have been killed following the collapse of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydroelectric dam in Attapeu province late on Monday.

According to the Lao News Agency, flash floods were sent through six villages as a result, leaving more than 6,600 people homeless.

Pictures from the scene showed crowded boats carrying to people to safety through the muddy waters.

The agency reported: “The disaster has claimed several human lives [and] left hundreds of people missing.”

Construction at the dam began in 2013, and it was due to begin generating power later this year. The reason for the collapse is currently not clear.

State media has reported that Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has postponed government meetings and gone to the affected area in Sanamxay district with senior officials to monitor relief efforts.

The incident follows heavy rain and flooding across southern Laos.

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