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30 Aug 2016 description

By Kate Jean Smith, IFRC

Lao Red Cross is responding to landslides and flooding that has occurred across northern Lao PDR over the past weeks.

Earlier this month, heavy rains started pouring down in the provinces of Luangprabang, Oudomsay, Salavan and Sayyabuly.

As conditions began to improve a week later, more rains arrived, fueled by effects of Tropical Storm Dianmu. This time the province of Xiengkhuang suffered the brunt of the rainfall. 

29 Aug 2016 description

29.08.2016 – GIZ's Fit for School programme supports ministries of education across South-East Asia in improving hygiene in schools and facilitating a healthy environment for learning.

‘Water for Sustainable Growth’ is the theme of this year’s World Water Week, which is taking place in Stockholm from 28 August to 2 September 2016. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is participating in the conference and will be presenting a number of its projects dedicated to equal access to water and sanitation.

29 Aug 2016 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Heavy rains, which started pouring on 11 August 2016 and continued to 20 August 2016, have caused flooding in five provinces of Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Initially, rains affected the provinces of Luangprabang, Oudomxay, Salavan and Xaignabouli on 11 to 18 August. As conditions began to improve, a week later there followed more rains fuelled by effects of Tropical Storm Dianmu, mainly affecting the province of Xiangkhouang.

25 Aug 2016 description


  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

  • None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

  • Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Haiti

24 Aug 2016 description
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Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


As of 31 July 2016, there were 237 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than the number of cases reported in the same period of the previous four years (2012-2015).


22 Aug 2016 description

The report summarizes the technical content of the workshop, highlights key principles, lessons and way forward. The workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF and the SUN Movement Secretariat, aimed to accelerate the efforts of Asian countries in the SUN movement to increase the dialogue and alignment among sectors by reporting on multi-sectoral nutrition budgets and costs of multi-sectoral nutrition plans, addressing the issue of decentralized public finance, and contributing to making the investment case for nutrition.

20 Aug 2016 description
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• TC DIANMU made landfall on 18 August in Guangdong (China) as a Tropical Storm; then it reached northern Vietnam on 19 August morning.

• As of 19 August morning, media reported 40 000 people evacuated and 200 houses damaged in Hainan province (China), one dead and at least 360 people evacuated in northern Vietnam.

20 Aug 2016 description
  • Tropical Cyclone DIANMU made landfall on 18 August early morning (UTC) in Guangdong (China) as a Tropical Storm continued moving east slightly strengthening. As of 19 August early morning (UTC), about 40 000 people are reported to have been evacuated and 200 houses have been damaged in Hainan province (China).

  • On 19 August at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 75 km south-east of Hai Phong city and 200 km south-east of the capital Hanoi. It had max. sustained winds speed of 74 km/h (tropical storm).

18 Aug 2016 description

Since being accredited as a demining operator in 2006, Handicap International has cleared more than 25,000 unexploded ordnances (UXO) in Laos, the most heavily bombed country, per capita, on earth. Leonard Kaminski, the New Zealand-born chief of operations for Handicap International’s demining program in Laos, answers questions about Laos' UXO problem and the organization’s efforts to clear these weapons.

What is the general situation of UXO pollution in Laos?

18 Aug 2016 description
  • Tropical Cyclone ELEVEN-16 formed over the North West Pacific Ocean in the South China Sea approx. 120 km south of the coast of Guandong province (China) on 17 August. It then started moving west as Tropical Storm.It is expected to make landfall on 18 August at 8.00 UTC near Yinglizhen city (Guangdong province) with a max. sustained winds speed of approx. 46 - 56 km/h (Tropical depression).

18 Aug 2016 description


  • Continous rain has triggered flood and flashflood in several areas in Xayabuly, Oudomxay and Luangprabang Provinces.

  • As of August 12th, 4,977 people in 22 villages in Xayabuly and Luangprabang were reportedly affected. In Oudomxay, the assessment is ongoing.

  • Cost of damage in Xayabuly Province is estimated to be USD 50,000.

  • Form 1 has been submitted by the Social Welfare Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to the AHA Centre.

17 Aug 2016 description


  • The country office is establishing call centres for the collection of distribution data, as part of the new Monitoring and Evaluation strategy.

  • WFP is discussing a new partnership with the Lao Statistics Bureau for the establishment of a national food security monitoring system.

  • WFP and the Ministry of Education and Sports have initiated discussions on a hand-over strategy of the school meals programme by 2022.

Operational Updates

15 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

520,000 # of children affected out of 2,000,000 # of people affected

600,000 # Hectares of crop damaged

1,750,000 # people lost incomes

52 (18 most affected) # provinces affected out of Government-One UN Joint Emergency Response Plan 2016:

US$48.5 million

UN funds received: $12.0 million

UNICEF funds received: US$4 million

Funding gap: US$32.5 million

15 Aug 2016 description

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 11 August 2016–The Swiss government, through its Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has granted more than US$7 million to the Mekong River Commission to implement its overall work, which covers areas such as climate change and adaptation, flood and drought management; and sustainable hydropower.

The financial agreement was signed by Tim Enderlin, SDC’s Director of Cooperation Laos and the Mekong Region, and Pham Tuan Phan, Chief Executive Officer of the MRC Secretariat, at a ceremony in Vientiane.

10 Aug 2016 description


There is agreement in the scientific community that the global food system will experience unprecedented pressure in the coming decades – demographic changes, urban growth, environmental degradation, increasing disaster risk, food price volatility, and climate change will all affect food security patterns.

09 Aug 2016 description


In 2015, 12.6 per cent of Viet Nam’s population lived in malaria-endemic areas. Considerable progress has been made in decreasing overall rates of malaria and malaria-related deaths. However, there are some worrying trends, with noted slower progress in reducing malaria-related admissions and deaths in 2013 and 2014. Also of concern is the increasing level of resistance to artemisinin, a key drug for combatting malaria.

09 Aug 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No update)

As of 12 July 2016, there were 180 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is higher than the number of cases reported in the same period of the previous four years (2012-2015) (Figure 1).

05 Aug 2016 description


365 Update on vaccine-derived polioviruses worldwide, January 2015–May 2016

375 Environmental isolation of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus after interruption of wild poliovirus transmission,
Nigeria, 2016


365 Le point sur les poliovirus dérivés de souches vaccinales détectés dans le monde, janvier 2015-mai 2016

375 Isolement de poliovirus circulants dérivés d’une souche vaccinale dans l’environnement après l’interruption de la transmission du poliovirus sauvage,
Nigéria, 2016