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One year from Laos dam collapse, insurers urged to help

Rights groups say thousands of affected villagers in need of aid

A woman walks on a flooded road after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos last July.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH/SEOUL -- A year on from a devastating dam collapse in southern Laos, rights groups are pushing major insurance firms to help make compensation available for thousands of victims still reeling from the disaster.

An auxiliary dam at the under-construction Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower complex collapsed on July 23 last year, unleashing a wall of water that killed at least 71 people and left thousands homeless.

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