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VIENTIANE, Humanitarian emergency relief aid from the Chinese government for flooded southern Laos has arrived in the Lao capital, Vientiane.

The aid, transported by a Boeing-747 cargo plane of China Eastern Airlines which landed here Monday, included 100 boats, 500 tents and 100 water purifiers and handed over the Laotian authorities at Wattay International Airport.

Wang Wentian, China’s ambassador to Laos, said China and Laos are good brothers who can go through thick and thin together, and whenever there is hardship, the two nations always share the same hardship, and support each other.

The Chinese people care a lot about the situation of the Lao people in the disaster-stricken south. To assist the Lao government’s efforts to rescue and help the affected people, the Chinese government has decided to immediately provide humanitarian aid to the Lao side, the ambassador added.

“I hope that the relief, full of profound friendship from the Chinese people, will play a useful role in the Lao government’s relief efforts,” Wang said.

In her speech at the ceremony, Lao Deputy Minister for Labor and Social Welfare Baikham Khattiya thanked China for its selfless and generous assistance.

After the floods in Attapeu Province in southern Laos broke out, China firstly offered Laos a helping hand, which once again reflects the sound friendship between the two governments and the two peoples, she said, adding that the Lao side will make proper use of the Chinese relief supplies, to help the people in the disaster areas to resume normal production and living activities as soon as possible.

On July 23, a saddle dam of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydro-electric power project, a joint venture of South Korean, Thai and Lao companies, burst, unleashing five billion cubic metres of water from the mountain to 13 villages of Sanamxay district downstream the Xe Pian River, some 560 km southeast of Vientiane.

Six villages were almost totally submerged by the muddy flood waters with 13,000 villagers being affected. As of Monday, 11 people have been confirmed dead and 120 others remain missing.

Source: NAM News Network