Government rescue operations continued in southern Attapeu province on Wednesday, July 25, after a dam collapsed in the Sanamxay district on Monday, July 23. According to local officials, as of Wednesday least 17 people have been killed and more than 3000 others still need to be rescued. Around 2850 people have already been saved by emergency responders. At least seven villages have been flooded and thousands of people have lost their homes. The death toll from the incident will likely rise as rescue operations continue in the coming days.
The company building the dam said that it collapsed due to recent heavy rain and flooding in nearby areas. Laos has experienced heavy rains and flooding since the start of monsoon season, which typically begins in May and lasts through November. Laos has experienced heavy rains and flooding since the start of monsoon season, which typically begins in May and lasts through November.
Individuals present in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of the situation, avoid areas directly hit by flooding, and adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities or their home governments. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded. Be aware that the risk of contracting water- and mosquito-borne diseases tend to rise after periods of heavy rains.
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