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17 Jan 2024

Radio Free Asia

Laos: $4.2 million for dam collapse survivors has gone missing

"Laos governor: $4.2 million for dam collapse survivors has gone missing", 17 January 2024

As much as US$4.2 million allocated for survivors of a dam collapse in southern Laos has been misappropriated, the governor of Attapeu province has told the State Inspection Authority, provincial officials told Radio Free Asia.

The newly appointed governor, Lt. Gen. Vanthong Kongmany, reported the missing funds to the agency on Jan. 10, the officials said. 

“Many provincial government departments are involved in the loss,” said an Attapeu Province official, who like other sources in this report requested anonymity for safety reasons.

“The upper-level authorities haven’t given us a lot of information,” he said. “The money must have been used inappropriately.”


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