The 5-day battle between the forces of communist Captain Kong Lae and pro-Western General Phoumi Nosavan for the Laotian capital of Vientiane, left the city almost completely in ruins.
MLS Vientiane Market Place in ruins
MS Soldiers clean up market (2 shots)
MS Soldiers before a ruined house
MS American Embassy building damaged (3 shots)
MS Defence Ministry building in ruins (3 shots)
LS Outskirts of Vientiane
MS Refugee family back in ruined house
MCU Woman cooking
MS Children playing (3 shots)
MLS Residency of Prime Minister
MS Damage to residency
MS Printing press damaged
MS Man walks along a building
MS Man looks at sealed door
MS Damaged car
MLS Telephone and power lines damaged
MCU Soldiers at Chinaimo camp
MLS Jeep on Patrol
MS Tank on road
LV Undamaged street on Bank of Mekong bordering Thailand
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Background: The 5-day battle between the forces of communist Captain Kong Lae and pro-Western General Phoumi Nosavan for the Laotian capital of Vientiane, left the city almost completely in ruins. Soldiers and other workers have been hard at work clearing debris from shattered houses, shops and markets.
Among many prominent buildings badly damaged during the bombardment were the American Embassy and the Laotian Ministry of Defence.
Many refugees have returned to live in damaged houses - nearly 500 families fled the town during the shelling. Soldiers have begun to replace electric and telephone cables, and other installations.
Governments of Thailand, South Vietnam and Taiwan have all sent supplies of food and other necessities to Vientiane. Medical personnel have also been flown to the area.