Lao morning news for July 27

Lao morning news for July 27
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Lao PDR morning newsExtent of Lao flood following South Korean dam failure emerges (video)
Dramatic video has emerged from Lao PDR where a large-scale humanitarian operation is underway following the partial collapse of a hydroelectric damn being built by a Lao-South Korean-Thai consortium.
— AEC News Today (video)

Thai rescuers join international relief effort in Attapeu of Lao PDR
International aid has begun to arrive in Lao PDR as 130 people remain missing and 26 lives are confirmed lost following the flooding of over 220 homes in Attapeu province in the country’s southeast.

Company must be responsible for dam collapse: Laos minister
Vientiane Times said Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Khammany Inthirath had earlier insisted that Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company cannot deny its responsibility for the floods, which caused massive destruction to the livelihoods and property of the people in Sanamxay district.
— Thai PBS

Royal family dispatches aid to Laos
Members of the Thai royal family have continued to provide aid to Laos following the recent collapse of a dam, including messages of concern to those affected by the incident.

Dead cows, destroyed homes: Laos villages ravaged by dam collapse
The bloated carcasses of pigs and cows float in the knee-high flood waters covering the Laos village of Hoi Kong, as mud-caked residents pick through the remnants of homes destroyed by a dam collapse that they had little time to flee.
— ChannelNewsAsia

Express accountability for fatal flooding, dam firm urged
An official from Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Power Company has agreed the firm will take the fullest responsibility under the law and as per its concession agreement for the impact of its saddle dam D collapse following the record flood and destruction in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province.
— The Nation

Vietnam Sends USD 200,000 In Aid To Laos After Dam Collapse
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has decided to provide 200,000 USD as relief aid for the Lao government to help the country in the aftermath of the collapse of one of five saddle dams at the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam.
— Lao News Agency

BCEL One Heart Makes Donation For Flood Victims Easier
“BCEL One Heart is a centre of donation for helping the victims in Attapeu province and other charity projects including, Mother of Rural People Project, Rural School Construction Project and Khammouane Provincial Medical Equipment Procurement Project, among others,” Mr Bounleua Sinxayvolavong, Head of Finance Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, told a press conference today, Jul 26.
— Lao News Agency

Rescuers battle to search for 131 remaining missing: PM
Rescuers are battling to search for 131 villagers still missing since Monday night after the fracture of Xe Pian Xe Namnoy hydropower flooding villages in Attapeu province, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has said.
— Vientiane Times

All Trapped People Rescued, Prime Minister
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told a press conference that as of the evening of Jul 24, 2018 all people trapped on trees and rooftops have been rescued but a mission to search for 131 missing people is currently continued.
— Lao News Agency

Laos, Myanmar enhance cooperation
Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith led a delegation to visit Myanmar on July 23-24 at the invitation of the Union Minister for International Cooperation, Mr U Kyaw Tin.
— Vientiane Times

PM Expresses Gratitude For Relief Aid Extended By International Community
At a press conference yesterday Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith expressed gratitude for the relief assistance extended and promised by people and governments of international community and international organizations for the victims of what he called possibly the worst disaster in decades in southern Laos.
— Lao News Agency

PM: Dam collapse worst disaster Laos has faced in decades
The collapse of a hydropower dam that left at least 26 dead and more than 6,000 homeless in Southern Laos is the worst disaster faced by the small Southeast Asian country in decades, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulit said at a news conference Wednesday.

SAF team departs Singapore to join Laos flood relief efforts
A Singapore contingent of officers from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) departed for Laos on Thursday afternoon (Jul 26) to assist with flood relief efforts in Attapeu province.
— ChannelNewsAsia

In Laos, a boom, and then, ‘The water is coming!… all we have left is our lives’
Petchinda Chantamart first heard what sounded like a bomb going off a few miles away.
— The Straits Times

Rains hamper search for survivors after Laos dam collapse
Rescuers battled fresh rains Thursday to reach scores of people still missing after a dam collapse in southern Laos that unleashed a torrent of water, washing away whole villages and killing at least 26 people.
— TheNation

Lao’s controversial hydro ambitions
Mountainous and landlocked Lao PDR, known as the “Battery of Asia”, is building dozens of dams at breakneck speed so it can sell energy to power-hungry neighbours as a fast track out of poverty.
— The Asean Post

SCDF to send team for relief efforts in Laos; US$100,000 donated to S’pore Red Cross
The Singapore Government will make a contribution of US$100,000 (S$136,000) as seed money to kickstart a public fundraising appeal by the Singapore Red Cross that will aid in the flood relief efforts following the collapse of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower dam in Laos.
— TodayOnline

More than 1,200 families safe as Lao dam flood hits
More than 1,200 families had already been moved to safe ground, Stung Treng province spokesperson Men Kung told The Post on Wednesday evening.
— Phnom Phen Post

A Scramble For Survivors After Laos Dam Collapse, Thousands Await Rescue
Rescuers scrambled to reach homeless and stranded people in the remote southern tip of Laos on Thursday, three days after the collapse of a partially built hydropower dam sent a devastating torrent of water across paddy fields and through villages.

Flood impacts deep, widespread as survivors offer survival stories
The impact of a dam-caused flood disaster in Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district has widened as floodwaters flow further downstream from the Xe Pian River.
— Vientiane Times

Hundreds missing after dam collapses in Laos
THE Ministry of Water Resources on Tuesday warned residents and authorities in Stung Treng province to prepare to evacuate after a hydropower dam in Laos collapsed on heavy rain, leaving hundreds missing and an unknown number feared dead.
— Phnom Phen Post

Scramble for Laos dam survivors, supplies
Rescuers have scrambled to reach homeless and stranded people in the remote southern tip of Laos, three days after the collapse of a partially built hydropower dam unleashed a devastating torrent of water.
— The Australian

Mega First: Dam safety risks to remain low
Mega First Corp Bhd, which is involved in building the Don Sahong hydropower project in Laos, said present and future dam safety risks surrounding the project are expected to remain low, following the collapse of another under-construction dam in Laos on Monday.
— The Malaysian Reserve

Deadly dam failure was natural disaster: Laotian envoy
Laotian Ambassador to Korea Khamsouay Keodalavo says the deadly dam accident in his country should be seen as a natural disaster and not caused by human error.
— The Korean Times

26 dead, 131 missing in Laos dam collapse
The Laotian prime minister said yesterday 131 people are still missing two days after a dam collapse swamped several villages in the country’s south, killing at least 26 people.
— News Of Bahrain

Laos dam disaster leaves 24 dead, scores missing
Rescuers searched Wednesday for scores of villagers left missing when part of a newly built hydroelectric dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 24 people, officials said.
— Telegraph Herald


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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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