Lao morning news for July 30

Lao morning news for July 30
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Lao PDR morning newsLaos accelerating aid to victims of dam collapse
Laos is now accelerating its distribution of aid to victims of the recent dam collapse this past week, as officials scramble to search for those still missing.
— News Today (video)

Commentary: The Laos dam collapse, and the hidden costs of the Mekong’s hydroelectric plans
The hidden costs of dams planned along the Mekong river are high and pose a threat to the populations there, says one observer.
— ChannelNewsAsia

Thai provinces accepting donations for victims of Laos dam collapse
Several provinces across Thailand are accepting donations for the victims of a disaster that was triggered by the collapse of the Xepian-Xe Namnoy Dam in the Lao PDR’s Attapeu province.
— News Today (video)

Laos to work with Thailand, South Korea to probe dam collapse
The Laotian Government will work with Thailand and South Korea whose companies are stakeholders in the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project to investigate the cause of the collapse of its saddle dam, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith announced today, according to Vientiane Times.
— Thai PBS

ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Flown-in From Malaysia
Following the video conference held by 10 ASEAN member countries on 25 July 2018 at ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) agreed to render humanitarian assistance to the victims of the dam collapse in Attapeu, the Lao PDR.
— Lao News Agency

Rescuers struggle to reach victims of Laos dam collapse
The collapse of the Xepian-Xe Namnoy Dam, a hydroelectric dam under construction in Attapeu province, on July 23rd, led to widespread destruction and the displacement of thousands of people in seven communities. The death toll was confirmed at 27 on Saturday while 131 people remain missing.

Laos to work with Korea, Thailand on dam investigation: PM
The government will work with the countries whose companies are stakeholders in the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project to investigate the cause of the collapse of the project’s saddle dam, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith announced yesterday.
— Vientiane Times

UNDP Reiterates Support To Lao PDR With Assistance To Flood Victims
UNDP has offered to the Government of the Lao PDR to help with coordination of rescue and relief efforts as well as early recovery activities in Attapeu province, flooded by damage of the hydroelectric dam in southern Laos.
— Lao News Agency

Remains of another flood victim recovered, officials confirm
Officials in charge of dealing with the rescue mission in the search for missing victims devastated by the dam collapse at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower plant in Sanamxay district of Attapeu province announced they located the remains of another deceased victim on July 28.
— Vientiane Times

Situation Remains Very Difficult Though Water Keeps Subsiding, Says A Report
The Disaster Management Committee has said that the situation in Sanamxay district, Attapeu Province remains challenging though water level keeps subsiding.
— Lao News Agency

Laos dam collapse affects more than 10,000 people: UN report
It is a grim situation facing rescuers and aid agencies in Laos following Monday’s collapse of one of dams in the Xe-Pian Xe Namnoy hydropower project.
— ChannelNewsAsia

Attapeu flood victims need more essential supplies
Flood victims in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province are still in need of essential items especially food, rice, drinking water, clothing, blankets, medicines and other daily necessities.
— Vientiane Times

Northern dam collapse rumour under investigation
Officials in Luang Prabang province said at 1pm Saturday they would track down the person responsible for spreading fake information about the possible collapse of the under construction Nam Ou 2 hydroelectric dam.
— Vientiane Times

World Bank Group Expresses Condolences Over Losses Caused By Flood Event In Laos
“We are prepared to work closely with the government of the Lao PDR and other development partners to support the continued rescue efforts, and to provide assistance to the victims of the disaster. The World Bank is currently supporting disaster risk management in the Lao PDR and will continue to provide assistance and expertise during this crisis and in the weeks and months to come, if requested by the Government,” said the statement.
— Lao News Agency

Baby saved from Laos dam disaster by Thai cave rescuers
The rescue of a baby boy, terrified and hungry after days without food, has been captured in a viral video showing the infant survivor of a dam collapse in southern Laos being carefully carried through swirling flood waters and waist-high mud.
— SBSNews


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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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