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2 Dec 2018

Radio Free Asia

Government Fails in Promise to Deliver Assistance to Victims of Laos Dam Burst

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27 November 2018

Survivors of July’s disaster at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy (PNPC) hydropower project in Champassak, Laos are calling upon the local and national governments for relief, after failing to receive promised allowances for living expenses for the past two month....

...[T]he Lao government agreed to pay $12 per month to each person who was affected by the collapse of PNPC’s dam....

...“[T]he victims have received food allowances but they haven’t received any of the $12 living allowance.”

...[R]ecipients of the food assistance complained that the rice they received was low-quality or rotten.

...A victim told Leuangpanya and later RFA, “We don’t need any more bottled water. Instead the authorities should provide each family with water filters so we can filter the water from the wells. Local authorities have run out of money....”