Extensive flooding occurred on 23 July, downstream from one of the dams of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Project, currently under construction in the south of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
The flood was due to the failure of the dam as a result of heavy rains that affected the area over the previous week.
The event caused flash flooding in many villages of the Sanamxay district (Attapeu Province), causing casualties and damage to homes.
According to media (as of 30 July), there are at least 27 dead, over 100 people missing and 16,000 affected.
Search and rescue operations are still ongoing.
The JRC has followed the situation since the beginning of the event with the creation of situation maps and analysis reports for the European Commission's Emergency Response and Coordination Centre (ERCC), in collaboration with UN services and under the framework of the GDACS initiative (Global Disasters Alerts and Coordination System).