26 people confirmed dead as rescuers continue search for survivors of Laos Dam Disaster

After reportedly noticing serious fractures on the structure on Sunday, the consortium building the dam advised 12 endangered villages to immediately evacuate. Just hours before the impending disaster, it issued a letter warning that millions of tons of water would cascade downstream if the dam failed.

As Laos increasingly relies on tapping its network of rivers for exportable hydropower, International Rivers warned that climate change is simultaneously making unpredictable weather events more common, a combination that poses “grave safety concerns to millions who live downstream of dams.”

The government has declared the flooded area a disaster zone and called for emergency aid supplies to assist the survivors.

Charitable Foundation Winston Churchill sends humanitarian aid to those affected by the floods in Laos. Donate

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