Last Monday, Saddle Dam D collapsed on the Xe Pian River, sending a deluge of water downstream that wiped out multiple villages. At least 27 people have died and hundreds remain missing, with the death toll expected to climb.
Authorities have issued flood alerts, with more heavy rain expected. Landslides remain a real concern and could potentially cause further loos of life, as well as significant disruption.
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
Flood alerts have been issued by the Mekong River Commission covering the river between Nakhon Phanom and Pakse, until 4 August 2018. Continued heavy rainfall has been forecast and British Nationals should be aware of the elevated risks of flooding and landslides which have already affected routes between Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. Avoid unnecessary travel in the Attapeu region following the breach of Saddle Dam D and the associated rescue and recovery efforts. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor weather forecasts.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/laos
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