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PHL ready to send humanitarian aid to Laos —Palace

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 7/28/2018 Bordadora, Norman
A handout photo taken on July 24, 2018 and received from Attapeu Today on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, shows residents on rooftops surrounded by floodwaters in Attapeu province after a dam collapsed on July 23. The bodies of 17 people have been recovered after flash floods caused by a dam breach in southern Laos, a Thai consular official at the scene told AFP on July 25. Attapeu Today via AFP © Attapeu Today via AFP A handout photo taken on July 24, 2018 and received from Attapeu Today on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, shows residents on rooftops surrounded by floodwaters in Attapeu province after a dam collapsed on July 23. The bodies of 17 people have been recovered after flash floods caused by a dam breach in southern Laos, a Thai consular official at the scene told AFP on July 25. Attapeu Today via AFP

Malacañang said Friday the Philippine government is ready to extend humanitarian assistance to Laos after a hydro-power dam under construction collapsed and causing a flash flood that rendered hundreds of people missing, several feared dead and villages destroyed.

"We express our sincerest condolences to the government and people of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic following the collapse of the hydroelectric power dam,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

“Our thoughts are with our Southeast Asian neighbor in these trying times and we pray for the immediate recovery of those who are still missing and unaccounted for,” he added.

Reports said 27 people have died, with 131 still missing, after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam in San Sai district of Attapeu province collapsed on Monday.

The water from the dam has also affected neighboring Cambodia, forcing thousands to evacuate.

“The Philippine government is ready to extend any humanitarian assistance in whatever way we can,” Roque said.

Early this month, President Rodrigo Duterte offered to deploy soldiers, engineers, and doctors to help in the rescue and rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by widespread flooding and landslides in western Japan.

The Palace also said the Philippines will also send medicines to Japan. —NB, GMA News

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