Authorities in Stung Treng province on Wednesday begin evacuating families living along Sekong river after the water level is increasing due to dam’s collapse in Laos.
The Ministry of Water Resources announced that the floods from Se-Pian Se Nam Noi dam’s collapse is now inundating the areas in Stung Treng province near Cambodian-Laos border.
The ministry said that the dam named Se-Pian Senam Noi was damaged due to floods.
Now some areas in Siem Pang district’s three communes–Thmar Keo, Santepheap and Sekong communes are flooded, the ministry said.
“The water level of Sekong river now reaches 11.30 meters and the water for emergency is at 11.50 meters. The flood comes from dam’s collapse in Laos and now the authority in Stung Treng province start to evacuate the villagers,” it said.
Stung Treng provincial Governor Mom Saroeun said that the authorities are moving villagers to higher grounds and has not yet received the number of the affected villagers.
“We are evacuating them to the safe places after the flood is coming from Laos dam’s collapse,” Mr Saroeun said.
The Laotian government has evacuated thousands of its people away from river banks following the dam’s collapse in Attapeu province.
The Lao News Agency reported yesterday that hundreds of people are missing, and several are feared dead after the dam in southern Laos collapsed, causing flash flooding which swept away homes.
Mekong River Commission yesterday predicted that the water levels of the river will continue to rapidly increase, affecting multiple areas in Cambodia.