This past Monday, 23 June 2018, the hydroelectric dam built in Laos collapsed. According to Laos News Agency, the flash flooding left several people dead, hundreds missing, and thousands displaced.

Scheduled to open later this year, the hydroelectric dam collapsed Monday afternoon after a construction period of almost five years. The dam was expected to export 90% of its generated power to Thailand.

TIME writes the dam was built despite the warnings environmental groups gave that it would pose a major blockage in the Mekong River for that region.

News is still developing as local authorities call for emergency support. For more information and updates, please click on the link below.

Read the Time article