Laos dam collapse: Struggle to cope with displaced villagers

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Relief supplies from all around the world are dropped off by helicopters, which land daily on Sanamxai Secondary School's football field. Above: Members of the Thai rescue team helping flood survivors, including a baby trapped in a remote village, cl
Flood victims receiving food aid from Laotian relief personnel in Sanamxai, Attapeu province, on Thursday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Relief supplies from all around the world are dropped off by helicopters, which land daily on Sanamxai Secondary School's football field. Above: Members of the Thai rescue team helping flood survivors, including a baby trapped in a remote village, cl
Members of the Thai rescue team helping flood survivors, including a baby trapped in a remote village, close to the swollen river in Attapeu province, on Thursday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Relief supplies from all around the world are dropped off by helicopters, which land daily on Sanamxai Secondary School's football field. Above: Members of the Thai rescue team helping flood survivors, including a baby trapped in a remote village, cl
Relief supplies from all around the world are dropped off by helicopters, which land daily on Sanamxai Secondary School's football field.ST PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

Evacuation centres under strain even as search and rescue efforts continue

Evacuation centres in southern Laos, which has been deluged by the collapse of a dam this week, are straining to cope with an increasing number of displaced villagers.

As search and rescue efforts in Attapeu province continue, international teams are working with Laotian soldiers and locals to relocate thousands of villagers still trapped in villages decimated by 5 billion cubic metres of water unleashed by the collapse of part of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam on Monday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2018, with the headline 'Laos dam collapse: Struggle to cope with displaced villagers'. Print Edition | Subscribe