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Laos: One dead, 20 others injured following rock-blasting operation at Chinese-backed cement factory

One died and 20 others were injured following a rock-blasting operation at a Chinese-backed cement factory, Ket Thao Lao Co. Ltd.. Local authorities attributed the accident to the misuse of stockpiled explosives.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre could not invite Ket Thao Lao to respond to the allegations in the media reports due to the lack of any publicly available information about the company. If the company wishes respond, its representatives may get in touch with Betty Yolanda, Asia regional manager, (yolanda [at] business-humanrights.org) or Golda Benjamin, Southeast Asia representative, (benjamin[at]business-humanrights.org).

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Author: Radio Free Asia

2019年10月9日

当局限制接触在老挝北部一家由中国支持的水泥厂发生的爆破事故中受伤的住院受害者,地方当局说,明显的滥用炸药造成爆炸,几人被捕。

由Ket Thao Lao co. Ltd所有的工厂发生的事故,造成一人死亡,20多人受伤,爆炸产生的碎片远达琅勃拉邦省Nam Bak区附近的Phonemany村庄,破坏80间房屋。

…包括一名中国国民在内的八人受到重伤。

… 村民怀疑该公司使用了比平时更多的炸药,因为爆炸力量似乎更大。

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...当Ket Thao Lao在2019年1月购买工厂时,这名中国男子提议续签合同,但遭到拒绝,因为新业主希望通过内部爆破降低成本。

“新拥有者发现中国(分包商)在山上的四个地点拥有12吨爆炸物,因此,新拥有者告在解备忘录中,要求分包商对爆炸物负责,并销毁炸药,”通告说。

导致事故的爆炸是由分包商精心策划的。他们正试图引爆其余的炸药。

部门的通告确定被拘留者为中国分包商及其家人。

工商部副主任Khamtanh Somphanvilay说...“炸开岩石时,发生了意外。 这是由于负责爆破的技术人员的粗心和技术过失,” Khamtanh Somphanvilay说。

水泥厂捐赠了1000万基普(略高于1100美元)来帮助事故受害者。

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Author: Radio Free Asia

當局限制接觸在老撾北部一家由中國支持的水泥廠發生的爆破事故中受傷的住院受害者,地方當局說,明顯的濫用炸藥造成爆炸,幾人被捕。

由Ket Thao Lao co. Ltd所有的工廠發生的事故,造成一人死亡,20多人受傷,爆炸產生的碎片遠達瑯勃拉邦省Nam Bak區附近的Phonemany村莊,破壞80間房屋。

…包括一名中國國民在內的八人受到重傷。

… 村民懷疑該公司使用了比平時更多的炸藥,因為爆炸力量似乎更大。

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...當Ket Thao Lao在2019年1月購買工廠時,這名中國男子提議續簽合同,但遭到拒絕,因為新業主希望通過內部爆破降低成本。

“新擁有者發現中國(分包商)在山上的四個地點擁有12噸爆炸物,因此,新擁有者告在解備忘錄中,要求分包商對爆炸物負責,並銷毀炸藥,”通告說。

導致事故的爆炸是由分包商精心策劃的。他們正試圖引爆其餘的炸藥。

部門的通告確定被拘留者為中國分包商及其家人。

工商部副主任Khamtanh Somphanvilay說...“炸開岩石時,發生了意外。 這是由於負責爆破的技術人員的粗心和技術過失,” Khamtanh Somphanvilay說。

水泥廠捐贈了1000萬基普(略高於1100美元)來幫助事故受害者。

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Author: Radio Free Asia

2019年10月6日

居民说,由老挝北部一家中国水泥厂的爆破工作造成的爆炸,爆破了一个村庄,造成至少一人死亡,二十多人受伤。

琅勃拉邦省Nam Bak县Phonemany村的爆炸也摧毁了房屋和车辆。

该地区的爆炸比平时爆炸的力量大得多,看来村民没有得到事先警告。

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一位村民补充说:“中国工厂从不事先警告村民爆炸的危险。” [...]

村民说,至少有一人死亡,二十多人受伤。

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在该村庄附近经营了多年的中国水泥厂的运营商未被联络上及作出评论。

在老挝,中国拥有的工业,水电,采矿和旅游项目的迅速扩散,已于当地居民在污染,耕地损失和对流离失所的村民的经济补偿方面的发生摩擦。

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Author: Radio Free Asia

2019年10月6日

居民說,由老撾北部一家中國水泥廠的爆破工作造成的爆炸,爆破了一個村莊,造成至少一人死亡,二十多人受傷。

瑯勃拉邦省Nam Bak縣Phonemany村的爆炸也摧毀了房屋和車輛。

該地區的爆炸比平時爆炸的力量大得多,看來村民沒有得到事先警告。

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一位村民補充說:“中國工廠從不事先警告村民爆炸的危險。” [...]

村民說,至少有一人死亡,二十多人受傷。

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在該村莊附近經營了多年的中國水泥廠的運營商未被聯絡上及作出評論。

在老撾,中國擁有的工業,水電,採礦和旅遊項目的迅速擴散,已於當地居民在污染,耕地損失和對流離失所的村民的經濟補償方面的發生摩擦。

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8 October 2019

Lao Authorities Ban Access to Hospitalized Victims of Deadly Blasting Accident

Author: Ounkeo Souksavanh & Eugene Whong, Radio Free Asia

9 October 2019

Authorities are restricting access to hospitalized victims of a rock-blasting accident that occurred...at a Chinese-backed cement plant located in northern Laos, and several people were arrested following a blast caused by the apparent misuse of stockpiled explosives, local authorities said.

The accident at the plant, owned by Ket Thao Lao co. Ltd, claimed the life of one victim and injured 20 others, when debris from an explosion tore through nearby Phonemany village in Luang Prabang province’s Nam Bak district...damaging 80 houses.

...[E]ight people, including one Chinese national were seriously injured.

...[V]illagers suspected the company used more explosives than usual because the explosion seemed more powerful.

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...When Ket Thao Lao bought the factory in January 2019, the Chinese man proposed a renewal of their contract but was turned down because the new owners wanted to reduce costs by doing the blasting in-house.

“The new owner found that the Chinese [subcontractor] owned 12 tons of explosive materials in four spots on the mountain, so the new owner told the subcontractor to destroy the explosive materials, in a memorandum of understanding that holds the subcontractor responsible for any damages,” the notice said.

The blast that caused the accident was orchestrated by the subcontractor. They were attempting to detonate the remaining explosives.

The notice from the department identified the detained individuals as the Chinese subcotractor and his family.

Khamtanh Somphanvilay, deputy director of the commerce and industry department...said...“When the rock was blasted, the incident occurred unexpectedly. This is [due to] the carelessness and technical fault of the technician in charge of the blasting,” Khamtanh Somphanvilay said.

The cement plant donated 10 million kip (slightly more than $1100) to help the victims of the accident.

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5 October 2019

Chinese Cement Factory Blast Kills 1, Injures 20 in Laos

Author: Ounkeo Souksavanh & Matthew Pennington, Radio Free Asia

6 October 2019

An explosion...caused by rock blasting for a Chinese cement plant in northern Laos tore through a village, killing at least one person and injuring more than 20 others, residents said.

Houses and vehicles were also wrecked by the blast in Phonemany village, Nam Bak district, Luang Prabang province.

The explosion was much more powerful than usual from rock blasting at the area and it appears that villagers were not warned in advance....

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A villager...added: "The Chinese factory never warns villagers of the blasts in advance." [...]

Villagers said at least one person was killed and more than 20 were injured.

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The operator of the Chinese cement plant that has been running for some years near the village could not immediately be reached for comment.

The rapid proliferation of Chinese-owned industrial, hydropower, mining and tourism projects in Laos has caused friction with local residents over pollution, loss of farmland and economic compensation for displaced villagers.

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