Laos dam collapse evacuees grapple with uncertain road home

Relief and uncertainty are the warring emotions racking flood survivors in these centres, who wonder when they can head back to villages most of them had never planned on leaving - and if they can ever feel safe at home again.
Relief and uncertainty are the warring emotions racking flood survivors in these centres, who wonder when they can head back to villages most of them had never planned on leaving - and if they can ever feel safe at home again.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Relief and uncertainty are the warring emotions racking flood survivors in these centres, who wonder when they can head back to villages most of them had never planned on leaving - and if they can ever feel safe at home again.
Relief and uncertainty are the warring emotions racking flood survivors in these centres, who wonder when they can head back to villages most of them had never planned on leaving - and if they can ever feel safe at home again.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

SANAMXAI, LAOS - A hard-boiled egg, gritty from a village boy's pocket, and a luminous sliver of moon were the only comforts for 70-year-old Phon as he spent two chilly nights perched for safety on the tin roof of his family home.

Below him lapped the edges of a murky wall of water - tall enough to dip his toes into when he dangled his feet over the edge of the roof - unleashed by the collapse of a dam in southern Laos.

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