The High Command of Military Region 5 of Vietnam give relief aid to Appateu province. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
The Vietnamese Ministry of Defence donated 50,000 USD as relief aid for the Lao government and people to recover following the collapse of Sepian Senamnoi hydroelectric power dam.

Deputy Minister of Defence Tran Don handed over the money to Lao Deputy Ambassador to Vietnam Viengsay Dalasan on August 3.

Don said that the Vietnamese Party, Government, people and the Vietnam People’s Army have sympathy for their Lao counterparts over the losses due to the dam collapse.

The ministry directed the High Command of Military Region 5 of Vietnam to continue rescue and relief efforts in Attapeu province.

The Lao diplomat, for his part, thanked the Vietnamese Party, Government, people and military for supporting Laos, saying that he will send the money to Attapeu province so that local people will soon stabilise their livelihoods.

On July 23, a saddle dam of the Sepian Senamnoi hydroelectric power project, invested by RoK, Thai and Lao companies, burst, unleashing 5 billion cubic metres of water from the mountain to 13 villages of Sanamxay district downstream the Sepian River, some 560 km southeast of Vientiane.

Some 587 families with 3,060 people were made homeless, while 131 people were reported missing.-VNA