The breach at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy hydropower project in Champassak leaves at least seven downstream villages submerged.
Compensation was promised by June but has still not been paid, Lao sources say.
Government representatives 'try to change the conversation,' one rights group says.
Their finding differs from that of a recent report by Save the Children which cites a higher figure.
Villagers complain about foul odors from a stream polluted by the factory.
Discovery of the road, bulldozed by smugglers from April to May, ends logging in the Xesap forest for now.
They believe they might not receive fair compensation for losing their homes and farmland to the project.
So far, officials have completed surveys about the project’s impact in only two villages.
The fund would help Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia become more self-sufficient, officials say.
Routine violations include forced disappearances, land grabs, and long prison terms for criticizing the government, rights groups say.
Authorities meanwhile release two villagers, a girl and a boy, from custody while others stand trial.
Though plantations are being phased out in the country's northern provinces, new farms are being set up in the south.
Officials will inspect factories upstream for evidence of pollutants cast off into village water sources.
The high-speed rail network will displace thousands of residents of four provinces and Vientiane prefecture.
State inspectors carry out investigations across the country, charging and jailing party and government officials.
The dolphins' numbers grow slightly in next-door Cambodia, though, due to better protections.
The nation meets eligibility criteria for the first time since it was added to the list in 1971.
A young Lao woman recounts her abuse as a trafficked bride in China.
About two tons of drugs seized, 11 suspects arrested in the past week, officials say.
Authorities in Bokeo province confiscate three of the animals from villagers who caught them in a forest when they were cubs.
Xaysana Keopimpha led a lavish lifestyle prior to his 2017 arrest at a Bangkok airport.
The EU says it raised cases of disappeared persons and urged Laos to sign a UN convention.
Losses are massive despite government anti-corruption campaigns, citizens and officials report.
But further tests are needed to determine the level of pesticide and herbicide residue in their blood.
The group was held in a room surrounded by wire fencing and forced to work under threat for long hours at little pay.
Somkot Mangnomek, governor of Xieng Khouang province, had authorized a shipment of timber without central government approval.
But workers say the raise is necessary to combat increases in living costs.
Zhao Wei says accusations his network is trafficking in drugs, people and wildlife are "unreasonable" and "malicious."
Authorities arrest two Laotians for wildlife smuggling after the endangered mammals are rescued.