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villages flooded after Laos dam collapse
« on: July 24, 2018, 05:00:31 PM »
Laos dam collapse: 'Hundreds missing' after flash floods hit villages

Hundreds of downstream houses flood as Laos subdam breached

 Hundreds of households in Laos were heavily flooded on Monday night after a large amount of water overflowed a saddle dam section of Xe Pian dam following heavy rainfall in the country’s southern province of Attapeu.

Photos posted on the Facebook page of ABC Laos News showed dozens of Laotian people stranded on the roofs of their houses and other buildings while others were shown being evacuated by boat.

The flooding took place around 8pm, the same day XePian XeNamnoy Power Company (PNPC), that constructed XePian dam, issued a warning of the possibility that water could overflow the dam.

In a the warning letter from the company’s head of resettlement, Lee Kan Yeol told his colleagues in Champasak and Attapeu provinces that “the saddle dam D was not safe and was in a very dangerous condition” due to heavy rainfall.

 â€œIf the section fails, over five thousand million tonnes of water would flow out and down the Xe Pian river,” read the letter.

Lee said the villagers living near the XePian River downstream from the dam should move to higher land to avoid “the unfortunate accident” caused by the heavy downpours.

Rescue teams in Laos were on Tuesday working to rescue those affected by the flooding.

According to Hydroworld website, XePian Dam is one of three being constructed under the XeNamnoy hydroelectric power project along the Mekong River in Attapeu and Champasak provinces near the border with Thailand.

It is about 80 kilometres east of Pakse on the Mekong River and 35km northwest of Attapeu, (and approximately 550km southeast of Vientiane, the capital city of Laos), in the country’s southern region.

The two other dams under construction under the project are XeNamnoy Dam and Houay Makchan Dam.

XePian and XeNamnoy are rockfill dams located on the Bolaven plateau, along with saddle dams and Houay Makchan Dam. The powerhouse will be located at the plateau base, giving the scheme a head of more than 630 metres. Water will be discharged to the Xe Kong River.

The feasibility study for the project was completed in November 2008, construction began in February 2013 and commercial operations are expected to begin in 2019

 The scheme will also have a storage reservoir on the Xe Namnoy River, underground tunnels, shaft waterways, and a powerhouse that features three Francis and one Pelton turbine.

PNPC is a joint venture formed in March 2012 by SK Engineering and Construction, Korea Western Power, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding, and Lao Holding State Enterprise.
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been reported that At least 19 confirmed dead in Lao dam disaster,the Vientiane Times said more than 3,000 people "require rescue" and about 2,851 people have been saved.But AP reported Korea Western Power, which was due to operate the hydroelectric power plant after its completion,said problems first emerged Friday when workers discovered the dam's centre had sunk by 11 centimetres. so they knew there was a problem.

Lao news agency KPL said.The cascade of 5 billion cubic metres from the collapse left more than 6,600 people homeless.Vientiane Times claims it's a disater zone.heavy rain and strong winds forecast for the area won't help. is it natures wicked way of fighting back. was there no warning system

the boys from Korat are on there way Rescue workers in Nakhon Ratchasima province prepare their gear before leaving for Laos to support rescue missions

Thai armed forces told to get ready to help Laos

Rescue workers in Nakhon Ratchasima province prepare their gear before leaving for Laos to support rescue missions in response to a hydropower dam collapse. (Photo by Prasit Tangpra
Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered the armed forces to prepare themselves so they can act readily when Lao authorities approach Thailand for assistance in the rescue after a dam collapsed in the neighbouring country.

Defence spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanit said Wednesday that Gen Prawit ordered the armed forces to follow up the flooding situation related to the Xepian-Se Nam Noy dam collapse.

"Military attaches have been communicating with each other and the Foreign Ministry has been coordinating with us to assess the situation so we can act as soon as the Laos government makes contact," Lt Gen Kongcheep said.

Gen Prawit also ordered the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters to set up a special operations room to handle the planned assistance. Besides, the air force prepared its Wing 21 in Ubon Ratchathani province to supply assistance to Pakse airport of Laos, he said.

In Nakhon Ratchasima province Tuesday night, a team of about 30 local rescuers, paramedics and divers left for Attapeu province of Laos where the dam is located. They brought along rescue gear including jet skis and boats.

The team, which had earlier worked at Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province, wants to help rescue flood victims in the Lao province.
ignorance does not help your post one bit but it probably says an awful lot about you.