>> Hundreds of people are missing and several feared dead, after a dam collapsed in southern Laos. The subsequent flash floods swept away homes, state media reported on Tuesday and more then 6,600 people are now homeless. Officials have brought in boats to evacuate people in the Sansai district of Attapeu province, where the Xepian Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam has been under construction.
It collapsed on Monday evening, releasing five billion cubic meters of water. Communist Laos is one of Asia's poorest and most secretive countries. It aims to become the battery of Asia, by selling power from dams to its neighbors. The Xepian Xe Nam Noy dam was expected to start commercial operations in 2019.
Exporting 90% of its power to Thailand. The company building the dam, SK Engineering & Construction, said heavy rain and flooding had caused the collapse and that it was cooperating with the Laos government to rescue villagers.