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Lao authorities have arranged for closer monitoring of hydropower plants to investigate why a dam in the southeast of the country collapsed earlier in the week, killing at least 27 people and missing 131.
Floods rising on the rooftops slowly faded on Thursday as mud-flooding villages spotted Monday
In a report released on Thursday, the state Vientiane Times said the Ministry of Energy and Mines has a more specific one Monitoring of water levels in the reservoirs and conditions arranged at the barrages.
Thousands of people were stranded on roofs and trees had been rescued by Wednesday. The Prime Minister of Laos, Thongloun Sisoulith, described the disaster as the worst in years in the impoverished country with more than 6,000 displaced people after the dam gave way to a joint venture hydropower project after days of torrential rain.
Thongloun said the authorities would investigate if the collapse of the dam was caused by heavy rain or inadequate building codes. The South Korean company SK Engineering & Construction, which is responsible for the construction of the dam, also said it was trying to find out why the dam had failed.
The Red Cross, the South Korean government, and other organizations ran water purifiers, food, and other supplies to shelters filled with hundreds of displaced families evacuated from a half-flooded no-man's land with orange mud and debris.
First, Laos state media reported that hundreds of people were missing and feared to be dead. Difficult communication and heavy rains that hampered the rescue effort probably contributed to discrepancies in the information about the victims.
The exact circumstances of the collapse of the dam remain murky, and local officials said they formed a committee to "find common ground responsibilities and responsibilities for the tragic catastrophe," Vientiane Times reported.
SK Engineering & Construction said the dam went down on Sunday, while Korea Western Power, another project partner, said the dam would visibly weaken on Friday
SK Engineering sent its president and emergency team to the rescue and repair. A statement on Thursday said it would help build shelter for displaced people.
"We will thoroughly investigate the reasons for the incident and take the necessary action quickly," said a statement earlier this week.
The Thai partner in the dam project, Ratchaburi Electricity Holding Holding Public Co., said the joint venture sent experts to the area to investigate and analyze the situation and discuss with the authorities how the problem is being resolved can. The disaster: A report by the intergovernmental Mekong commission said that storms hit the water level along the river last week. Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…01
Continuous heavy rain and strong winds for the risk of flooding in the mountain region could be affected by an area.
But a flood of dams along the Mekong River and its tributaries, including those affected by this disaster, has c problems related to environmental impacts and other problems. The $ 1.02 billion project, which has several river basins in a remote The cornerstone of southeastern Laos is the first hydroelectric plant built by a South Korean company, and it was unclear how severe the damage would be to the overall plan. The dam should go into operation in 2019, with 90 percent of the electricity generated should flow to Thailand.
Laos has dozens of hydropower projects under construction and plans to sell electricity to neighboring countries, of which about one-third are now exporters to grow significantly.
International Rivers, a non-governmental group that is generally critical of such projects, said the disaster demonstrates the need to improve warning systems.
"More than 70 hydropower projects are currently under construction, construction and planning Over Laos PDR – most of them owned and operated by private companies – authorities must immediately assess how dams are planned, designed and managed," the group said in a statement Statement.
Associated Press writer Youkyung Lee in Seoul, South Korea, and Grant Peck in Bangkok have contributed to this report.