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21 Mar 2020

Ounkeo Souksavanh & Joshua Lipes, Radio Free Asia

Lao Dam Collapse Families Denied Aid, Endure Poor Conditions at Shelters For Displaced

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18 March 2020

Hundreds of families displaced by the worst dam collapse in Laos in decades are no longer receiving aid, and are living in substandard conditions in temporary shelters, nearly two years after the accident, according to representatives of the community.


...[M]ore than 880 families in Attapeu's Sanamxay district comprised of 2,570 people, who were among those worst affected by the collapse, are no longer receiving a living allowance or foodstuffs from PNPC, as promised by the government, and are housed in shelters that lack running water and toilets.


Though each villager had been provided 44 pounds of rice per month and 5,000 kip (U.S. $0.56) daily living allowance, the resident said that the living allowance had been shut off "since January."


Residents are unable to cultivate rice on their own land because officials have yet to clear it for them. [...]


"The water supply installed by the dam company and authorities doesn't supply enough water to meet the needs of people in the shelters, so they sometimes fight with one another over it," she said.