Hundreds of people were missing Tuesday in Laos the day after a hydropower dust under construction in the southeast of this small Asian country reported the official authority.
The dam, located in the province of Attapeu (southwest), near the border with Vietnam, collapsed on Monday night and released 5,000 million cubic meters of water and "caused several deaths and hundreds disappeared" said the official authority of the communist regime. "Several houses were destroyed" he added.
Several dozen ponds are currently under construction in Laos, which exports most of its hydro power to neighboring countries, in particular Thailand.
For years, environmental organizations have expressed concern about Lao's hydroelectric ambitions, especially because of the dam's influence on the Mekong River, its flora and fauna, as well as rural populations and communities. local economies.
The Attameu province, a work of more than one billion dollars, is under construction since 2013.
] Behind this project is Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Power Company (PNPC), a joint venture formed by the Thai company Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding, South Korean company Korea Western Power and Lao Holding State Enterprise. 19659010] Many residents in the area are still on the roof of the house. (Courtesy @machetenoticias)
The dam, with a capacity of 410 megawatts, had to start supplying electricity to 2019 according to the PNPC website and 90% of the energy produced must be exported to Thailand.