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Vietnam continues aid to victims of Lao dam collapse

The High Command of Military Region 5 and the South Laos Friendship Co., Ltd are continuing to direct their units to send personnel to the Lao province of Attapeu to help local residents affected by of the collapse of the Sepien-Senamnoi hydropower dam overcome the consequences.

According to the Search and Rescue Department under the Vietnam People’s Army’s General Staff, nearly 200 officers and soldiers, doctors, along with 11 automobiles have been deployed to Attapeu to conduct medical examination and treatment, and provide medicines for locals in Attapeu province.

As of July 31, the units provided medical checks-up and medicine for 500 people, presented 450 gift packages; 1,700 sets of clothes, 150 sets of canvas; and  over 316,500 USD to the dam collapse victims.

The Vietnamese Government had previously donated 200,000 USD sourced from State budget reserves and 100 tonnes of rice to the Lao Government in order to help the neighbouring country overcome the incident’s aftermath.

The Vietnamese community in Laos has also continued to raise funds in support of local residents hit by the collapse.

The Sepien-Senamnoi hydropower dam collapsed at 8pm on July 23, causing massive floods which completely isolated six villages in the Sanamxay district of Attapeu province.

Some 587 families with 3,060 people were made homeless, while 131 people were reported missing.