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Flood in Laos

July 25, 2018

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On July 23rd, 2018 local time, the hydroelectric Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam in the southern-most part of Laos collapsed due to monsoon rains. As a result, more than 5 billion cubic meters of water was released, destroying hundreds of homes in the province and claiming dozens of lives.

Affected residents are being evacuated to emergency shelters and rescue efforts are ongoing.

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A comparison of May 31st vs. August 4th, 2018 of the site of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam collapse

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