People move to safer place following the dam collapse incident (Photo: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) on July 27 offered 1 billion VND (43,000 USD) to help Lao people overcome difficulties and stabilise their lives after the collapse of the Sepien-Senamnoi hydropower dam.

The assistance was handed over to a delegation of Lao inspection officials led by Deputy Prime Minister and Government Inspector General Buonthong Chitmany, during the delegation’s visit to EVN in Hanoi on July 27.

Leaders of EVN also extended their profound sympathies for the great human and property losses caused by the collapse of the hydropower dam in Attapeu province.
For his part, Bounthong Chitmany thanked EVN for its assistance in addressing the consequences of the dam collapse incident.

At the meeting, EVN informed its guest of its achievements over the years as well as some of the company’s recent activities.

The two sides discussed Vietnam-Laos cooperation in the power sector over the past few years, as well as prospects for future collaboration.

On the occasion, the delegation also paid a visit to the EVN National Load Dispatch Centre.

The same day, the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) Central Committee handed over 50,000 USD in aid relief to the Laos Embassy in Vietnam to help victims deal with the aftermath of the dam collapse incident.

In addition, a VRC delegation led by its Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu will visit and present 100 boxes of necessary household goods containing blankets, mosquito nets, and cooking utensils to people in the affected area.

Earlier this month, the VRC Central Committee also sent assistance worth 30,000 USD to support victims of a blaze in Russey Keo district in Phnom Penh capital of Cambodia. The incident, which occurred on July 10, destroyed the houses and assets of more than 60 families of overseas Vietnamese in the area.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development also sent 300 million VND (about 13,000 USD) donated by the ministry’s staff to help victims of the dam collapse in Laos.–VNA