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Friday, 27 July 2018 - 9:29
Collapsed dam in Laos : Flood waters hit neibouring Cambodia
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Thousands of Cambodians living along the banks of the Sekong River have been evacuated as a deadly torrent of water unleashed by a collapsed dam in neighbouring Laos rushed downstream.
 
Soldiers helped ferry villagers and their motorcycles to higher ground on wooden boats in Cambodia's north-eastern province of Stung Treng, while supplies were handed out to some who found refuge on dry land.
 
In the rain-lashed remote Laotian province of Attapeu, where part of the US$1.2 billion (S$1.6 billion) Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam gave way on Monday, rescuers race against time to hunt for those missing under swollen skies.
 
State media said yesterday that 27 people were confirmed dead and 131 missing in Attapeu, which borders Vietnam to the east and Cambodia to the south.
 
More than 3,000 - some of whom have clung to safety for the past three days on the zinc roofs of submerged homes - are reportedly still waiting to be rescued.
 
Specialists from China, Vietnam, and Thailand joined Laotian soldiers and local volunteers in the search and rescue effort.
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