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Hundreds missing in Laos after dam collapse

Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number dead after a hydro power project dam collapsed in south-east Laos.

The collapse at the hydro power dam in Attapu province late on Monday sent flash floods through six villages, Laos News Agency said. According to the agency report, Several people were reportedly lost their lives and several hundreds of people are missing.

The reason for the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam’s collapse is not clear. But More than 6,600 people have been made homeless by the flash floods. Most of the people in these six villages are looking for the help standing on rooftops.

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has postponed government meetings and gone to the affected area in Sanamxay district with senior officials to monitor relief efforts, state media said.

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