Several people dead, hundreds missing after Laos dam collapses

Several people are dead, hundreds are missing and thousands are homeless after a dam collapsed in Laos on Monday.

State-run media reports the collapse caused flash floods in six southern Laos villages, washing away many homes. It wasn't immediately clear how many people have died.

Officials have reportedly brought in boats to help with the evacuation efforts.

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The hydropower dam was under construction, and operations were expected to begin this year. The project was estimated to cost more than $1 billion.

The company building the dam told Reuters that heavy rains and flooding caused the collapse.

Local authorities have asked people to help provide emergency aid for the victims of the disaster.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.