Wave from Laos dam collapse hits Cambodia

Evacuations underway in the northeastern province of Stung Treng, on the border with Laos. Rescuers' efforts continue. 27 dead are ascertained; 131 missing. Message of condolences from the Archbishop of Seoul and a contribution of 43 thousand euros for aid.

Vientiane (AsiaNews / Agencies) – Thousands of Cambodians living along the banks of the Mekong River are being evacuated by the authorities, while the river of water caused by the collapse of a dam in nearby Laos falls to the valley.

Soldiers are helping villagers in the northeastern province of Stung Treng, transporting them on wooden boats to higher lands. First aid is being distributed to those who have already found refuge on the mainland. “The water level is still increasing, so we will evacuate other people,” said the spokesman for the Men Kong government.

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