Hundreds of people are reportedly missing and many feared dead after a dam in Laos collapsed.
The incident at the hydroelectric dam in the Attapu province, southeast Laos occurred on Monday, and released enough water to fill more than two million Olympic swimming pools.
More than 6,600 people were displaced by the collapse of the hydroelectric dam in Laos near the border with Cambodia https://t.co/N0E79YvbcH
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) July 24, 2018
It sent flash flooding through six villages and at least 6,000 people have been made homeless.
15:30 pm. The level of water still remain height tho the rain is stopped! many lives still trapped on the rooftop of the house! Waiting for the rescue team. Water and food is needed! #Attapue #Laos #Flood #SouthernLaos pic.twitter.com/GM7MhBGFOL
— Zeno (@Zeno7Inc) July 24, 2018
The dam was under construction at the time, however, the reason for the collapse is not yet known.
Hundreds missing after hydroelectric dam collapses in Laos https://t.co/8mNrDCML0E
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) July 24, 2018
State media in Laos reports a number of people have died and hundreds of people are missing after a hydroelectric dam collapsed
— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) July 24, 2018
Local authorities are appealing for emergency aid for those affected, including clothes, food, drinking water and medicine.
feature image via ABC Laos News' Facebook page