Exclusive Report: Bureaucratic Chaos Rife in Hours Before Laos Dam Burst

On the night of July 23, water poured over a saddle dam at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy (PNPC) hydropower project in Champassak, Laos, sweeping away homes and causing severe flooding in up to 12 villages downstream in Champassak and neighboring Attapeu province.

More than 40 villagers were killed and dozens were listed as missing, in what has been described as Laos’ worst flooding in decades.

The collapse of saddle dam D (one of 5 such structures at the dam complex) was not sudden. The government had been made aware that the dam was cracked earlier in the day.

Read the full story: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/pnpcdamexclusivereport-10312018135319.html

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