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Construction Firms Scrambled to Prevent Laotian Dam’s Collapse

July 25, 2018 7:49 PM
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Engineers first noticed damage less than 24 hours before a dam wall burst after heavy rains; thousands still stranded

For nearly 24 hours, engineers from South Korea and Laos raced to save the Xe-Pian Xe-Nomnoy dam before it cracked on Monday night, unleashing waters that state media says killed at least 19 people and prompting a rescue operation for thousands of stranded villagers.

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