Hundreds of people are missing as up to five billion cubic meters of water was released to the river system after an accident at a hydropower dam in Southeastern Attapeu province's Sanamxay district late Monday.
Tue Jul 24, 2018 - Hundreds Missing as Dam Collapse in Laos Farsnews
The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam, which is still under construction, collapsed on Monday night, according to the Laos News Agency.
Several people have been confirmed dead, and more than 6,600 made homeless, the official news agency KPL reported.
The neighbouring villages of Yai Thae, Hinlad, Mai, Thasengchan, Tha Hin, and Samong bore the brunt of flooding, which has reportedly destroyed thousands of homes.
The local authorities put out a call for relief aid for flood victims while bringing boats to help evacuate people from the danger zones.
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith called on government organisations, the police and the military to assist in the emergency relief effort in the South-Eastern province of Attapeu.
The dam was reportedly slated to start energy supplies in 2019, providing almost all the energy produced to neighboring Thailand.
Laos, one of Asia’s poorest countries, aims to become the “battery of Asia” by selling power to its neighbors through a series of hydropower dams.
Tue Jul 24, 2018 - Vietnam Flood Death Toll Rises to 27 Farsnews
The death toll from floods and landslides triggered by tropical storm Son Tinh rose to 27 on Tuesday, and seven people are still missing, according to the government’s Disaster Management Authority.
With a long coastline, Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding, with 389 people killed last year in natural disasters such as floods and landslides, according to government statistics, Reuters reported.
Though tropical storm Son Tinh weakened to a tropical depression by the time it reached Vietnam last week, the torrential rains it brought caused heavy flooding and landslides in many parts of northern Vietnam. Some areas in the outskirts of the capital Hanoi remain submerged.
The remote mountainous province of Yen Bai has suffered the heaviest casualties in the latest floods and landslides, with 13 people reportedly killed, 18 injured and four missing, the disaster management agency said in a statement.
The floods and landslides have also damaged and submerged more than 12,000 houses, more than 90,000 hectares (222,395 acres) of crops, mostly paddy, and cut off traffic to several parts of northern Vietnam, the agency added.
Last month, heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides which killed 24 people in the remote and mountainous Northern provinces of Lai Chau and Ha Giang.
The agency urged the authorities and people to keep vigilant for more floods and landslides over the coming days.
According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, heavy rain is forecast to continue in the Northern part of the country until early August
Chan was busy in the filming of Project X, his team was working in nature. At some point the weather changed dramatically and the cinematographers' camp was almost washed away by a huge river of mud from nearby hills. The tents started to flush, the cars of the crew members were stuck in the mud.
"A few days ago we started shooting at the location. The weather suddenly changed, and a massive landslide descended on our team! A few filming vans were stuck in a river of rushing mud, "Jackie Chan wrote.
Fortunately, none of the filmmakers suffered. To the place of filming, the trucks arrived quickly, on which the Jackie Chan team was evacuated. After the incident, the actor apologized to his colleagues, promising to take a closer look at the weather conditions.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 26 people in flooding, landslides and house collapses in the southern Indian state of Kerala with more than 15,500 people taking shelter in state-run relief camps.
Top elected state official Pinarayi Vijayan says the flood situation has become “very grim’” with the opening of sluice gates of nearly two dozen overflowing water reservoirs.
Shibu, a relief official, said Friday nearly 200 army soldiers joined rescue workers in the worst-hit Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad areas.
At least 26 people have been killed in the state since Wednesday, said Shibu, who uses one name.
Monsoon rains kill hundreds of people every year in India. The monsoon season runs from June to September.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5AL-l6AOAQ 08-09-18 Orleans, MA - Houses Surrounded By Flood Waters