Six Vietnamese employees were killed when a gas cylinder exploded at the construction site of the Nam Ngiep 1 hydropower plant, according to Vietnamese media.
The explosion occurred Friday night at the Nam Ngiep plant in Bolikhamxay Province.
The precise cause of the incident is still under investigation.
Construction of the 290-megawatt hydropower plant, which will consist of two dams and two power stations, began in 2014.
It is one of nearly a dozen dam projects planned or under construction in Laos.
Vietnamese state media reported that the bodies of the dead workers would be brought back to Vietnam, while two injured workers remain in Lao hospitals.
The group worked for Vietnamese construction firm Song Da 5, which has been contracted to carry out construction of the hydropower project. The plant is jointly funded by Japanese, Thai and Lao partners.
Dear Ma’am/ Sir,
Hope this email suits you well. I am Annabel Perreras, Policy Coordinator on ADB of NGO Forum on ADB (Forum). The Forum is an Asian – led and independent network of CSOs based in Manila, Philippines that is monitoring and holding the ADB accountable.
I am writing in reference to this news article on the explosion in the ADB – funded Nam Ngiep Hydropower Project which claimed the lives of 6 Vietnamese workers. The Forum would want to follow – up if there’s any development related to this and we’d like to coordinate with a writer from The Laotian Times working on this issue.
We hope your office can respond to our inquiry and we can continue the discussion bilaterally.
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