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42 killed, 23 missing in July dam collapse

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Photo taken on Nov. 17, 2018 shows the temporary shelters for affected residents at Dong Bak Village in Sanamxay District, Attapeu Province, Laos. An under-construction saddle dam of the Xe Pian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower project, collapsed on July 23, unleashing a large amount of water into some 13 villages of Sanamxay district, some 560 km southeast of Lao capital Vientiane. Xinhua/Liu Ailun

VIENTIANE (Xinhua) – The July dam collapse incident in southern Laos left 42 killed and 23 missing, according to the state-run Lao News Agency (KPL).

According to KPL, two more bodies of victims of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam collapse were found on Nov. 30. Both were residents of Hinlad village, Sanamxay district, Attapeu Province, some 560 km southeast of Lao capital Vientiane.

With the latest discovery, the number of dead bodies retrieved since the incident took place on July 23 has reached 42 with other 23 persons still missing.

The collapse of an under-construction saddle dam at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower plant, invested by South Korean, Thai and Lao companies, resulted in devastating floods in the region, leading to tragic loss of lives and properties.

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