Lao morning news for July 26

Lao morning news for July 26

Lao PDR morning newsLaos gets tough on dams
Lao Energy and Mine Minister Khammany Inthirath yesterday announced new regulations to ensure safety of all hydropower dams in the country, as well as proper water management to reduce risks from floods damaging people’s lives and properties from water discharge, especially during storms in the monsoon season.
— The Nation

PM Prayut conveys condolences to flood victims in Laos
The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, expressed his condolences to the Lao government and its people, following the devastating flooding in Attapeu and Champasak provinces.
— NNT

South Korea firm says Laos dam damage found day before collapse
The South Korean partner in a Laos hydropower dam said Wednesday it discovered the upper part of the structure had washed away 24 hours before it collapsed, engulfing villages and leaving hundreds missing.
— Channel News Asia

Saving lives should be priority after dam collapse in Laos
The collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe Namnoy saddle dam in Laos should serve as a valuable lesson so that disaster like this will not be repeated but for now the priority is to save lives and to prevent another water mass of about 200 million cubic metres from flowing downstream, said Seub Nakhasathian Foundation chairman Sasin Chalermlarp.
— Thai PBS

26 bodies found after Laos dam collapse, hundreds still missing
Rescuers recovered 26 bodies and hundreds remain missing after a dam collapse swamped several villages in southern Laos, as survivors on Wednesday (Jul 25) questioned why they got little warning of the deluge.
— Channel News Asia

Relief aid pours in for Laos as search for missing continues
As international community pledges donations and relief items, Laotian authorities continue to search for hundreds of people still missing in devastating floods triggered by the collapse of a hydropower dam in Attapeu province in southeastern Laos.
— Thai PBS

Laos: Bodies found amid flooding, hundreds remain missing
The bodies of 26 people have been recovered after flash floods caused by a dam breach in southern Laos, according to officials.
— Aljazeera

Saravan-Ubon Mekong bridge plan has Laos, Thailand talking
The Lao and Thai governments are discussing plans to build a new friendship bridge across the Mekong River between the Lao province of Saravan and Ubon Ratchathani province in Thailand.
— Vientiane Times

Thai rescue team arrives in Laos to help victims of dam collapse
A forward team of about 30 rescuers and life-saving experts of a private relief organization known as “Hook 31 Foundation” in Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat is waiting to cross the border into Laos to help victims of flooding that resulted from the collapse of a hydropower dam in southeastern Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district.
— Thai PBS

Govt discusses Lao Red Cross law contents
During the meeting Dr Khamhoung said it was the first time to give officials an opportunity to learn about and gain understanding of the law. He also highlighted to participants points to concentrate on for discussion to boost comprehension of the law.
— Vientiane Times

Hundreds missing in Laos after hydropower dam collapse
Hundreds are missing and an unknown number feared dead after a partly built hydropower dam in southeast Laos collapsed after heavy rain and sent a wall of water surging through six villages, state media and contractors said Tuesday.
— Mizzima

Two dead, more missing as PM flies to flooded south
At least two people are confirmed dead as of 4:30 pm yesterday and a number of villagers are still missing in Laos’ southern Attapeu province after one of the dams at Xe Pian Xe Namnoy hydropower was crested causing flash flooding, a senior provincial official has said.
— Vientiane Times

Hydropower dam collapses in Lao
Hundreds are missing and an unknown number feared dead after a partly built hydropower dam in southeast Lao PDR collapsed after heavy rain and sent a wall of water surging through six villages, state media and contractors said Tuesday.
— The Asean Post

Concerns over Laos dam’s environmental impact
The controversial Don Sahong dam in Laos has people arguing that its environmental impacts have not been studied well enough.
— Aljazeera

Dam distress as 3,000 await rescue from floodwaters Wednesday
More than 3,000 require rescue from floods in Attapeu province, Sanamxay district governor reported at 10:30am today.
He said that about 2,851 victims had been reported rescued from yesterday until this morning from locations in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province.
— Vientiane Times

Tropical Cyclone Son-Tinh makes landfall again
It is possible the rain from tropical storm then depression Son-Tinh contributed to the collapse of a hydroelectric dam in Attapeu province, Laos.
— Aljazeera

At least 19 dead in Laos dam collapse; dam failed after desperate 24-hour fight to avert disaster
Rescuers recovered 19 bodies and hundreds remain missing after a dam collapse swamped several villages in southern Laos, as survivors Wednesday (July 25) questioned why they got little warning of the deluge.
— The Straits Times

Attapeu flooding sees rescuers respond to victims’ needs
The volunteers of Vientiane Rescue 1623 are preparing to assist flash flood victims in Attapeu province by sending 10 members with equipment in response to the dam overflow disaster after heavy rains sent floodwaters running from a reservoir and into Sanamxay district since Monday evening.
— Vientiane Times

Philippines says ready to help Laos deal with deadly dam collapse
The Philippines said Wednesday that it stands ready to extend assistance to Laos after an under-construction dam collapsed in the southern province of the landlocked country, flooding villages and killing at least 26.
— Asia & Pacific Edition

 

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

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