Displaced residents seeking shelter in Paksong, Laos, on Wednesday.CreditBen C. Solomon/The New York Times

PAKSONG, Laos — Petchinda Chantamart first heard what sounded like a bomb going off a few miles away. Then came a curious noise, like a strong wind.

She knew instinctively what it meant: One of the new dams under construction near her village in southern Laos had failed. She began banging on her neighbors’ doors, she recounted, urging them to flee to higher ground.

“The water is coming!” Ms. Chantamart roared.

Within a half-hour, the water in her village, Xay Done Khong, was more than 30 feet deep and rising.

Read more: In Laos, a Boom, and Then, ‘The Water Is Coming!’


Laos and Thailand have reached an agreement to enhance technical cooperation in natural resources and the environment, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Friday.

Read more: Laos, Thailand to enhance technical cooperation in environment


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