Villagers are warned not to use water or eat fish taken from the river pending an investigation.
About 900 families in Vang Vieng district suffer in smog and dust
Survivors have not received living stipends over past two months.
The two co-owners had defrauded hundreds of Lao investors of thousands of dollars in personal savings.
One official says merchants from China bribe local authorities, bend rules, and evade taxes.
‘Phinh’s’ Thai employer physically abused her while she was working illegally as a maid.
Experts say corners are cut as Laos and its neighbors rush to draw investment.
Residents of Vang Vieng district want officials to test the water in the Xong River for possible contamination.
Three of the 53 females who were detained were minors with falsified ages on their IDs, officials said.
Meanwhile, observers slam a revised land law they say fails to protect the rights of ordinary Laotians.