Mekong Watch Statement: Grave damage caused by dam collapse in southern Laos Funds from Japan involved in the project development

Donor countries and development agencies must support the Lao government in seeking compensation from the dam companies, and re-direct their aid policies that rely on hydropower development


On July 23rd, a devastating incident occurred in the Sanamxay District of Attapeu Province in southern Laos. The top of a saddle dam (*1) installed at one of the reservoirs of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower project (*2) collapsed, releasing a massive amount of water. As a result, six villages directly downstream were inundated by the water, while 13 villages were also affected by severe flooding. The Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam is under construction in the Sekong River basin, a transboundary tributary of the Mekong River. As a consequence, the heavy flow of water has also reached downstream into Cambodia, causing damage to border communities in the Stung Treng Province.

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