Floods from Laos dam collapse reach Cambodia (Xe-Namnoy dam (The $1.2…
Floods from Laos dam collapse reach Cambodia
The $1.2-billion Xe-Namnoy dam
a joint venture between Laos,
Thai and Korean companies
was still under construction in southern Attapeu province
when it collapsed after heavy rains pounded the area earlier this week.
Two South Korean companies involved in the project's construction and operation
damage was reported a day before the auxiliary "Saddle D" dam collapsed
However, a timeline from operator Korea Western Power Co obtained by AFP said 11 centimetres of subsidence was spotted at the dam's centre as early as Friday
The company told AFP
it could not yet determine the cause of the collapse.
a spokesman told AFP
It is too early to define whether it was a natural disaster or a manmade disaster
Thailand's Energy and Mining Minister Khammany Inthirath
ordering companies to report on dam conditions every week and communicate closely with residents.
Thailand issued new regulations for its hydro plant operators in Laos this week
is frequently lashed by monsoon rains
and dam operators regularly release water from reservoirs in order to avoid overflow
The 410MW Xe-Namnoy project
is one of more than 50 hydropower plans underway
which has billed itself as the "battery of Asia" in its ambitious bid to become a major power exporter in the region.
Laos has said
it wants to double its power generation capacity to 28,000 MW by 2020 and has opened its doors to foreign investors -- mainly from China, Thailand and Vietnam -- to build dams across the country.
said in a statement
tragedy has compounded their suffering
Communities were not given sufficient advanced warning to ensure their safety and that of their families. This event raises major questions about dam standards and dam safety in Laos