Laos dam collapse

Survivors grapple with uncertain future

Volunteers pushing a lorry carrying supplies from the Singapore Red Cross (SRC), after it got stuck in thick mud at the Sanamxai Secondary evacuation centre yesterday. The SRC advance team will distribute items to evacuees today. Children enjoying af
Children enjoying afternoon porridge at the Sanamxai Secondary evacuation centre last Friday.ST PHOTOS: JONATHAN CHOO
Volunteers pushing a lorry carrying supplies from the Singapore Red Cross (SRC), after it got stuck in thick mud at the Sanamxai Secondary evacuation centre yesterday. The SRC advance team will distribute items to evacuees today. Children enjoying af
Volunteers pushing a lorry carrying supplies from the Singapore Red Cross (SRC), after it got stuck in thick mud at the Sanamxai Secondary evacuation centre yesterday. The SRC advance team will distribute items to evacuees today. ST PHOTOS: JONATHAN CHOO
Dr Sithahth Phommala, part of a team of medical volunteers at Sanamxai Secondary, attending to a survivor of the dam collapse.
People collecting supplies that were dropped off by helicopter at Sanamxai Secondary's football field. ST PHOTOS: JONATHAN CHOO
Mr Phon, 70, in a classroom at Sanamxai Secondary after his rescue. The farmer lost many of his prized possessions in the dam collapse, including his buffaloes, a small box containing the family's meagre jewellery collection, and his home.
Mr Phon, 70, in a classroom at Sanamxai Secondary after his rescue. The farmer lost many of his prized possessions in the dam collapse, including his buffaloes, a small box containing the family's meagre jewellery collection, and his home.ST PHOTOS: JONATHAN CHOO
Below: People collecting supplies that were dropped off by helicopter at Sanamxai Secondary's football field.
Dr Sithahth Phommala, part of a team of medical volunteers at Sanamxai Secondary, attending to a survivor of the dam collapse.ST PHOTOS: JONATHAN CHOO

Resettlement a big worry; rescue workers preparing for long-term support

A hard-boiled egg and a luminous sliver of moon were the only comforts for Mr Phon, 70, 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, unleashed by the collapse of a dam in southern Laos. He and 10 others from Tha Hin village, including his wife and son, sat huddled together, pinching bits from the egg to make it last.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 29, 2018, with the headline 'Survivors grapple with uncertain future '. Print Edition | Subscribe