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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