The undocumented laborers were traveling to a border town to renew their tourist visas.
The dispute over land prices, environmental impact has held up construction, officials say.
Flooding from the breach damages homes and rice fields.
The residents of Sekong province's Yeub village had cut down trees and obstructed workers on land seized by the government to give to a Vietnamese company.
Authorities promise compensation, but decide to help those who lost everything first.
Chinese police worked with their Lao counterparts to return the teenage girls.
Farmers say they are waiting for late monsoonal rains to begin to provide some relief.
International Rivers and Inclusive Development International describe survivors’ hopeless situation while calling on governments, corporations, and banks to act responsibly.
One year on, many struggle with bad living conditions, food scarcity and undervaluation of damages.
Rivers run dry downstream as dams close to keep water levels higher upstream.
Lao residents are meanwhile increasingly abandoning state-controlled news sources to find news they can trust, sources say.
With no nearby arable land, relocated farmers return to their old villages to tend rice fields during planting season.
Many who received payments after losing their homes or land say it is not enough.
More than 1,000 families will lose their homes by the project’s completion.
District governor says compensation will be paid out by developer, but does not say when.
Farmers, fishermen lose crops and catches as water levels swell as high as 3.7 meters.
The business of cultivating bananas in Laos for the Chinese market–widely discredited because of the impact of the excessive use of chemicals on the environment and health–is alive and kicking.
Ministry of Energy and Mines already discovers several noncompliant dams.