Singapore police dogs to help recover bodies in Laos after dam collapse
Mr Pang Kin Keong, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, with the SPF officers and K9 dogs. This is the first time the dogs are being deployed for an overseas mission. (Photo: SPF, SCDF)
SINGAPORE: Three Singapore Police Force (SPF) sniffer dogs have been deployed to Laos to help recover bodies in the aftermath of the massive dam collapse last month that swept entire villages and farmland away. This is the first time that the police's K9 dogs are being deployed for an overseas mission, the SPF and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a joint release on Monday (Aug 13).
official death toll from the dam collapse is at 31, with 130 people still missing.
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17-member SCDF team which has been carrying out disaster relief efforts in the Attapeu province since Aug 4.The deployment comes after parts of the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy hydropower dam in Laos gave way on Jul 23, sending billions of cubic metres of water gushing down onto villages in the area.