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South Korea dispatches advance rescue team to Laos

26 July 2018

South Korea's advance rescue team departed for Laos on Thursday (July 26) where thousands people were reportedly stranded after a dam collapse. The Vientiane Times reported that about 19 people had died and more than 3,000 were awaiting rescue.

The dam that collapsed was part of the $1.2 billion Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy power project, which involves Laotian, Thai and South Korean firms. The project's main partner is South Korea's SK Engineering & Construction.

The company said part of a small supply dam was washed away. It was cooperating with the Lao government to help rescue villagers. The firm blamed the collapse on heavy rain.