The event saw the presence of Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia, Ngo Duc Manh, and the entire staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in addition to news agencies based in Russia. At the ceremony, Counsellor Nguyen Quynh Mai stressed that the collapse of the dam in Attapeu province was the biggest flood disaster in Laos in decades, causing serious damage to people and property. The senior Vietnamese leaders and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh sent their condolences to the senior Lao leaders and the Laos Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Vietnamese Government has promptly supported the Lao people with an amount of US$200,000. Ministries, sectors and localities in Vietnam have also held practical activities to assist the Lao people, Mai said. Promoting the spirit of mutual affection and solidarity, the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on its entire staff to support the Lao people so that they can quickly recover from the damage. At the ceremony, officials and staff from the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia and news agencies in Russia donated one-day of salary each to support the Lao people. The financial support will soon be transferred to the Lao people through the Trade Union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mai noted. The breakdown of the Sepien Senamnoi hydropower dam in Attapeu province occurred on the evening of July 23, causing severe human and material damages, inundating 13 villages, while making 587 households and 3,060 people homeless.131 people are still missing.