What’s Left in Laos After a Dam Collapsed | Dispatches
just last week this land was filled with villages rice paddies and Farms now this is what’s left debris livestock and some we’re hundreds of people stranded missing or dead this is Laos a single-party communist country that is one of the poorest in Asia on Monday part of a hydroelectric Dam that was still under construction collapsed water flooded The Village’s killing at least dozens and forcing thousands to flee the journey here was rough with constant rain in back-breaking roads challenging especially for rescue workers we arrive in the Tiny Town of King Kong or only hours earlier the water level I’ve been up to the roots villagers and soldiers trudge through knee-high mud at times not sure what they were looking for then thong spent the past few nights what is family shot his wife one paying for digging through the debris to salvage what they could Action Army rescue teams are still searching in the troll for days on they say they’re more likely to find body and survivors two hours away survivors gathered at a school for shelter earlier this week the last government said 27 had died and 131 are still missing butt would say these numbers are suspiciously low and the reality here maybe a lot worse the failure of the damn which was part of the billion dollar project meant to boost the country’s economy raises many questions who’s to blame the collapse and why were these towns evacuated faster but is the rains continue to come and Rescue Team still search for the missing villagers can only wait for the waters to lower and hope that they’ll still have a home return 2A multibillion-dollar dam, meant to boost Laos’s economy, collapsed and led to the deaths of dozens, with many still missing. Our correspondent traveled to Laos to speak with families who are trying to salvage what’s left.
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