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Laos dam collapse death toll rises to 31, scores still missing

Bangkok - The death toll from a massive dam collapse in southern Laos has jumped to 31, officials said, with scores still missing weeks after the unprecedented disaster that swept entire villages and farmland away.

Thick mud hampers Laos dam rescue with hundreds still unaccounted for

- Rescuers battled thick mud and flood waters across a swathe of remote southern Laos to find survivors of a deadly dam burst that submerged entire villages, as an official suggested faulty construction may have led to the disaster.

Baby saved from Laos dam disaster by Thai cave rescue volunteers

- The rescue of a baby boy, terrified and hungry after days without food, has been captured in a viral video showing the infant survivor of a dam collapse in southern Laos being carefully carried through swirling flood waters and waist-high mud.

Dead cows, destroyed homes: Laos villages ravaged by dam collapse

- The bloated carcasses of pigs and cows float in the knee-high flood waters covering the Laos village of Hoi Kong, as mud-caked residents pick through the remnants of homes destroyed by a dam collapse that they had little time to flee.

Floods from Laos dam collapse force evacuations in Cambodia

- The torrent of water unleashed in a deadly Laos dam collapse has drained into Cambodia, forcing thousands to evacuate, as rescuers on Thursday battled monsoon rains to find scores of Laotians still missing after entire villages were washed away.

Laos PM says 131 missing from dam collapse as 26 bodies recovered

- The Laotian prime minister said Wednesday 131 people are still missing two days after a dam collapse swamped several villages in the country's south, killing at least 26 people.

26 bodies found after Laos dam collapse, hundreds still missing

- Rescuers recovered 26 bodies and hundreds remain missing after a dam collapse swamped several villages in southern Laos, as survivors Wednesday questioned why they got little warning of the deluge.

Bodies of 17 recovered after Laos dam disaster: Thai consul official

- 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 Wednesday.

S. Korea firm says Laos dam damage found day before collapse

Seoul - The South Korean partner in a Laos hydropower dam said Wednesday it discovered the upper part of the structure had washed away 24 hours before it collapsed, engulfing villages and leaving hundreds missing.

Hundreds missing in Laos after hydropower dam collapse

Bangkok - Hundreds are missing and an unknown number feared dead after a partly built hydropower dam in southeast Laos collapsed after heavy rain and sent a wall of water surging through six villages, state media and contractors said Tuesday.

At least 32 dead as Kenya dam bursts after torrential rains

Nairobi - At least 32 people died after a dam burst in central Kenya, sweeping away their homes while many of them were asleep, police said Thursday.

At least 32 dead as Kenya dam bursts after torrential rains

Nairobi - At least 32 people died after a dam burst in central Kenya, sweeping away their homes while many of them were asleep, police said Thursday.

Egypt FM to visit Ethiopia over Nile dam

Cairo - Egypt's top diplomat is to visit Addis Ababa Tuesday to discuss controversial Ethiopian plans to build a dam on the Nile that Cairo fears will impact its water supplies, his ministry said Monday.

Engineers set to to enter IS-held parts of Syria dam

- Syrian engineers were expected to carry out urgent maintenance Wednesday on the country's largest dam, where US-backed fighters have been battling Islamist State group jihadists who still control most of it.

Engineers set to to enter IS-held parts of Syria dam

- Syrian engineers were expected to carry out urgent maintenance Wednesday on the country's largest dam, where US-backed fighters have been battling Islamist State group jihadists who still control most of it.

Engineers set to to enter IS-held parts of Syria dam

- Syrian engineers were expected to carry out urgent maintenance Wednesday on the country's largest dam, where US-backed fighters have been battling Islamist State group jihadists who still control most of it.

Syria US-backed fighters take IS-held airport: spokesman

Birut - Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, on Sunday seized a military airport from the Islamic State jihadist group in northern Syria, a spokesman said.

Mass evacuation as rain strains tallest US dam

California - Almost 200,000 people were under evacuation orders in northern California Monday after a threat of catastrophic failure at the United States' tallest dam.

Legal challenge to Yosemite Park dam gets thrown out of court

Sonora - A California state court has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to compel officials to tear down a nearly 100-year-old dam in Yosemite National Park that supplies power and water to millions in San Francisco and the Central Valley.

U.S. warns of 'catastrophic' Mosul dam collapse

New York - The United States urged governments to quickly mobilize to prevent a "humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions" from the possible collapse of Iraq's Mosul dam.

1.5 mn at risk if Iraq dam collapses: U.S. study

Baghdad - The US embassy in Iraq has released evacuation recommendations it said could help save up to 1.5 million lives at risk from a catastrophic failure of the Mosul Dam.

Malaysian dam project opposed by tribes gets green light: Report

Kuala Lumpur - Construction of a Malaysian dam that will flood a rainforested area half the size of Singapore and displace 20,000 tribespeople was given the green light Saturday by the state government, local media reported.

Controversial French dam halted after protester death

Paris - Local French authorities Friday decided to suspend work on a controversial dam after the death last week of an activist protesting against the project that sparked uproar in the country.

Probe into cause of French protester's death veers towards police

Paris - A probe into the cause of a French eco-protester's death in violent clashes with security forces veered towards riot police Tuesday, in a new development to a case that has shocked the country.

Iraqi Kurds retake country's main dam from jihadists: officials

- Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces backed by US air strikes on Sunday retook the country's largest dam from jihadist militants who seized it the previous week, officials said.

Old dam fails in Karelia, Russia — 25,000 without power (video)

Belomorsk - Heavy rains in the Russian Republic of Karelia have left 25,000 people without electricity and have affected transport links in the region. Some communities in the region have been flooded.

Op-Ed: False prophecy causes $13 million loss in Thailand

Bangkok - Thongbai Khamsa, 73, is under investigation by Thai police for allegedly circulating a prophecy over the Internet that one of the largest dams in Thailand would have collapsed on New Year's Eve.

Flooding in Nigeria’s Oyo state kills 102, dam collapses

Ibadan - Floodwaters in the southwestern part of Nigeria are believed to have killed at least 102 people, many of them children, with reports of collapsed bridges and homes from heavy rains last Friday and Saturday which also forced a dam to collapse.

China's Three Gorges Dam has 'urgent' environmental problems

Shanghai - Environmental deterioration in the Three Gorges Dam region of China is forcing the government to acknowledge “urgent problems” which include landslides, seismic activity, relocations of citizens, and biodiversity loss.

Eastern Iowa dam failure causes massive flooding

The Lake Delhi dam located 45 miles north of Cedar Rapids in eastern Iowa failed due to continued heavy rain Saturday, according to Jim Flansburg, communications director for Gov. Chet Culver.
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Telegráfica Dam, just one of the dams under construction on the Juruena river. ©Survival
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