atynews.com – 3,000 people are reported to be immediately rescued after a dam collapsed in a remote area of Laos.
According to Governor Bounhom Phommasane, 19 people have been found dead and more than 2,800 people have been rescued.
An official in the region said that the rescue process continues despite the difficult conditions.
“We will continue the rescue effort today but this is very difficult, the conditions are very difficult. Dozens of people were killed. There could be more, “the official said.
According to the UN report, the death toll of five people and 34 people missing, 1,494 people were evacuated and 11,777 people in 357 villages were affected by the dam collapse. “A total of 20 houses were destroyed and more than 223 houses and 14 bridges damaged by flooding,”.
At least seven villages were drowned by the disaster. Local media images show a one-story house inundated with muddy water. The remote location of the villages made it difficult for the recovery process.
Laos is one of the few communist countries in the world and one of the poorest countries in Asia. The country is ambitious to build a dam to become an Asian battery.