Search for survivors after deadly dam collapse in Laos

Troops searched for survivors in the remote southern tip of Laos on Thursday, three days after the collapse of a hydropower dam sent a torrent of water charging across paddy fields and through villages, as rescuers rushed aid to thousands of homeless.

The scale of the disaster was still unclear, in part because of the inaccessibility of the area but also because reports from the communist country’s state media have been scant and sketchy. (Reuters)

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<p>Parents carry their children as they leave their home during the flood after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Parents carry their children as they leave their home during the flood after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

<p>A man swims with matress in flooded village in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, Laos, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Hau Dinh/AP) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

A man swims with matress in flooded village in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, Laos, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Hau Dinh/AP)

<p>A man washes his face during the flood after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

A man washes his face during the flood after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

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<p>A child with a dog ride on a vehicle carrying belongings in the flooded area in Sanamxai, Attapeu province, on July 26, 2018. (Photo: Kao Nguyen/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

A child with a dog ride on a vehicle carrying belongings in the flooded area in Sanamxai, Attapeu province, on July 26, 2018. (Photo: Kao Nguyen/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Flood victims wait for aid in Sanamxai, Attapeu province, on July 26, 2018. (Photo: Kao Nguyen/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Flood victims wait for aid in Sanamxai, Attapeu province, on July 26, 2018. (Photo: Kao Nguyen/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A girl uses a mattress as a raft during the flood after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

A girl uses a mattress as a raft during the flood after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

<p>A man carries his child during the flood after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

A man carries his child during the flood after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

<p>Soldiers make their way to affected villages after flash floods engulfed these several villages, on July 26, 2018 in Attepeu, southeastern Laos. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Soldiers make their way to affected villages after flash floods engulfed these several villages, on July 26, 2018 in Attepeu, southeastern Laos. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

<p>Aerial view shows the flooded area after a dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos July 25, 2018 in this image obtained from social media. MIME PHOUMSAVANH/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RC1D0F2EDC20 </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Aerial view shows the flooded area after a dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos July 25, 2018 in this image obtained from social media. MIME PHOUMSAVANH/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RC1D0F2EDC20

<p>Two dogs ride a small boat in the flooded areas in Sanamxai, Attapeu province, on July 26, 2018. (Photo: Kao Nguyen/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Two dogs ride a small boat in the flooded areas in Sanamxai, Attapeu province, on July 26, 2018. (Photo: Kao Nguyen/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Debris is seen in an area affected by landslide after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Debris is seen in an area affected by landslide after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

<p>Villagers evacuate to safer grounds after flash floods engulfed their villages the other day, on July 26, 2018 in Attepeu, southern Laos. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Villagers evacuate to safer grounds after flash floods engulfed their villages the other day, on July 26, 2018 in Attepeu, southern Laos. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

<p>A man rows a boat during the flood after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

A man rows a boat during the flood after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

<p>Villagers from Sanam Say district take refuge in a makeshift evacuation center after they escaped the fast rising waters from the damaged dam on July 25, 2018 in Champasak, southern Laos. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Villagers from Sanam Say district take refuge in a makeshift evacuation center after they escaped the fast rising waters from the damaged dam on July 25, 2018 in Champasak, southern Laos. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

<p>An elderly woman carries a child while other residents displaced by massive flood waters from the collapsed dam seek shelter in Paksong town in Champasak province on July 25, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

An elderly woman carries a child while other residents displaced by massive flood waters from the collapsed dam seek shelter in Paksong town in Champasak province on July 25, 2018. (Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Kongvilay Inthavong and his wife Thongla clean up their house as the floodwaters start to recede i in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, Laos on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Hau Dinh/AP) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Kongvilay Inthavong and his wife Thongla clean up their house as the floodwaters start to recede i in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, Laos on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Photo: Hau Dinh/AP)

<p>Villagers from Sanam Say district recieve food aid as they take refuge in a makeshift evacuation center after they escaped the fast rising waters from the damaged dam on July 25, 2018 in Champasak, southern Laos. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Villagers from Sanam Say district recieve food aid as they take refuge in a makeshift evacuation center after they escaped the fast rising waters from the damaged dam on July 25, 2018 in Champasak, southern Laos. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

<p>Villagers evacuate after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 24, 2018. (Photo: ABC Laos News/Handout via Reuters) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Villagers evacuate after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos, July 24, 2018. (Photo: ABC Laos News/Handout via Reuters)

<p>Villagers evacuate to safer grounds after flash floods engulfed their villages the other night, on July 26, 2018 in Attepeu, southeastern Laos. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

Villagers evacuate to safer grounds after flash floods engulfed their villages the other night, on July 26, 2018 in Attepeu, southeastern Laos. (Photo: Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

<p>A couple carry their children from their home in the flooded area in Sanamxai, Attapeu province, on July 26, 2018. (Photo: Kao Nguyen/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Deadly dam collapse in Laos

A couple carry their children from their home in the flooded area in Sanamxai, Attapeu province, on July 26, 2018. (Photo: Kao Nguyen/AFP/Getty Images)

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