Hundreds missing after a Damp Collapsed in Southeast of Laos

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SUAB HMONG NEWS (07/14/2018) – A Damp collapsed in the province of Attapeu, Laos on the evening of July 13, 2018.  Hundreds of people live by the surrounding villages are missing and the casualties are unknown at this time.

Lao News Agency said the accident happened on Monday evening near the border with Cambodia, releasing 5 billion cubic meters of water — more than 2 million Olympic swimming pools.

The agency said there were “several human lives claimed, and several hundreds of people missing” while some 6,600 people had been made homeless as authorities scrambled to evacuate villagers.

“We do not have any formal information yet about any casualties or how many are missing,” said an official in Attapeu province, where much of the flooding occurred.  He added that was “no phone signal” in the flooded region.

“We sent rescue teams who will help them and provide basic assistance first,” the official added.

The Thai government said it would also send rescue experts to its northern neighbor.