A dam that collapsed in southern Laos has flooded villages and forced thousands of people to flee, state media report. The full scale of the disaster isn't yet known — several people reportedly were killed and hundreds of people were missing after the failure of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam, which is part of a larger hydroelectric dam network.
The state news agency KPL reports that the collapse released 5 billion cubic meters of waters, sweeping away several houses in the Sanamxay district of Attapeu province.
Photos from the area show desperate people crowded onto long boats to escape the high water, while others climbed onto rooftops with the belongings they could carry. Officials were asking neighboring provinces for assistance — and for anyone with a boat to help ferry people to safety. Read More
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Tragedy is unfolding in a number of places around the world and is making headlines in the news. Your prayers are asked for the victims of the collapsed dam in southern Laos, the missing, the survivors, and the rescue efforts; for the victims of the wild fires in Greece, the injured, those driven from their homes, and those fighting the fires; and for the victims of the shooting in Toronto, their families, the wounded and their families, and the community reeling from the carnage. Your prayers are also asked for those whose tragedies go unreported.