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In Cambodia, tens of thousands of people are being evacuated because of the breakthrough of the dam in Laos

View in the vicinity of the destroyed dam. Photo: Ben C. Solomon / The New York Times
View in the vicinity of the destroyed dam. Photo: Ben C. Solomon / The New York Times

The Cambodian authorities began evacuating at least 25,000 people from the northern province of Stung Treng. Evacuate residents of villages and cities located in the direction downstream from the hydroelectric dam in neighboring Laos, which broke through on July 23.

As a result of the breakout, more than 5 million cubic meters of water were released. Because of this, the water level in some rivers increased by 12 meters, at least 27 people were killed, and more than 6,000 were left homeless. According to the New York Times, the contractors involved in the construction of the dam noticed signs of destruction at least three days before the incident and notified the Lao authorities about them, but they did nothing. The occurred technogenic catastrophe is already called the largest in modern history of the country.

 

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