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Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Floods MDRLA003 DREF Final Report

Appeal history:

  • A DREF Operation was initially launched on 3 October 2013 for CHF 292,168 to support Lao Red Cross (LRC) in delivering immediate assistance to 10,000 beneficiaries (2,000 families) for six months and to further assess needs.

  • Operations Update 1 (dated 6 November 2013) reported on initial steps to procure in-country relief goods and plans for Thai Red Cross to provide in-kind support in terms of staff to be deployed to LRC.

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The 2013 Laos Floods: Responding to a disaster through a unique peer-to-peer cooperation between National Societies

In September 2013, seasonal flooding in two southern provinces of Laos were the worst experienced in 30 years. The Lao Red Cross, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), French and Thai Red Cross, have been conducting a relief operation since October to assist 10,000 people with food, hygiene and non-food items. The IFRC released 300,000 Swiss francs from the disaster relief emergency fund to support the activities. The DREF operation closes on 2 April 2014.

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Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin 2013

The year was marked by 137 natural disasters in the region, compared with 93 separate events in 2012. The number of people killed by disasters was almost six times higher.

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Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Floods DREF operation n° MDRLA003 Update No. 2

Summary: CHF 292,168 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Lao Red Cross in delivering immediate assistance to some 10,000 beneficiaries (2,000 families).

Significant progress was made during this reporting period, with the major objectives of the operation completed well ahead of schedule. Suppliers were selected, materials procured, and, most importantly, all planned distributions were carried out.

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Mapping of flood affected villages in Lao PDR summary report

A series of five major storm events during the summer-monsoon season of 2013 caused flooding in 12 out of 17 provinces (52 out 145 districts) across the Lao PDR and affected a total of 395,000 people. Flooding is not unusual at this time of the year but the individual flood events were caused by different weather systems which occurred in different locations at different points in time (starting in July and ending in October 2013), and hit with varying levels of severity.

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Building resilience to worsening seasonal floods in Laos

By Kate Roux, IFRC

Each year, seasonal rains bring flooding to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. It is not an unusual occurrence for communities in this part of the world. Yet in 2013, flooding in two southern provinces of Laos was far worse than has been experienced in past 30 years.

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WFP And Government Of Lao PDR Assist Food Insecure Communities In Saravane Province

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme has provided 223 Metric tonnes (MT) of rice donated by the Government of Japan through the APTERR (ASEAN plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve) to assist severely food insecure communities still recovering from the September 2013 floods in the Khongxedone district of Saravane Province.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 19 – 26 November

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 12 – 19 November

Viet Nam has been affected by both Cyclone Podul and Typhoon Haiyan over the past ten days. At least 41 people have been killed in rains triggered by Podul, adding to the 14 people killed during Haiyan.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 5 – 12 November

Snapshot 5 – 12 November

In Syria, the opposition agreed to participate in international peace talks in Geneva under the condition that President al-Assad is excluded from any transitional government, which constitutes a major obstacle to the initiation of the process as the Government stated it will not enter discussion if this demand is upheld. The peace dialogue has been repeatedly postponed and will not go ahead as planned in November. To date, the overall number of Syrian refugees is over 2.2 million and the number of people in need in the country stands at 9.3 million.

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Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Floods DREF operation n° MDRLA003 Update No. 1

Update No. 1 covering period 3 October – 31 October 2013

Summary: CHF 292,168 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to 10,000 beneficiaries (2,000 families).

With the onset of this year’s monsoon season in June, the river Nam Xan rose rapidly, eventually overflowing its banks in various places, causing widespread flooding and flash floods in the northern and central provinces of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 29 October – 5 November

Snapshot 29 October – 5 November

In Syria, the opposition remains divided over their participation to proposed peace talks in Geneva, with a decision being expected by 9 November. In Damascus, the Government repeated that it will not enter discussions if President al-Assad is forced to resign. While the overall number of Syrian refugees went over 2.2 million, revised estimates indicated that the number of people in need in Syria has increased from 6.8 million in April to 9.3 million in late October. An estimated 6.5 million are internally displaced.

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Lao PDR: Flooding Situation Report No. 5 (as of 30 September 2013)

Highlights

  • About 224,200 people (32,356 households) in five southern provinces of Salavan, Champasak, Attepeu, Savannakhet and Xekong have been affected by floods
  • 280 families in Salavan and Champasak were evacuated with 3 deaths reported in Champasak
  • One hospital, five health care centres and nearly 100 ground water pumps were damaged by the floods
  • Food, drinking water and medicines are the immediate needs, especially in Salavan, Champasak and Attepeu
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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22 - 29 October

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Lao PDR - Cyclones WUTIP and NARI (ECHO Daily Flash, 17/10/2013)

ECHO will contribute EUR 166 000 to IFRC emergency intervention following the devastating effects of cyclone WUTIP which brought heavy rainfall to the Southern provinces of Champasak, Salavan, Xekong and Attapeu. The Lao Red Cross is targeting 10 000 beneficiaries (2 000 families) for immediate assistance with basic food and non-food items.

ECHO is closely following the situation with regards the additional impact of cyclone NARI and a mission could be deployed, depending on the field assessment.

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Singapore Red Cross extends humanitarian aid to multiple disasters across southeast Asia

  • Relief mission departs tomorrow

  • First tranche of aid to the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam

The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) is leading relief efforts to Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam following the widespread devastation caused by recent tropical storms and typhoons, and most recently, the earthquake in Bohol, Philippines.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08 – 15 October

Snapshot 08 – 15 October

In Syria, heavy fighting is ongoing in Rural Damascus, Dar’a, Aleppo, Idleb and Homs, with government forces making gains in Rural Damascus while the opposition has won ground in Dar’a. Despite the call of al-Qaeda’s leader for opposition fighters to unite, inter-group fighting has escalated in Aleppo over control for neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, the Syrian National Council announced that it did not intend to participate in the proposed Geneva II peace talks.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 30 September – 08 October

As of 8 October, almost 3 million people living across 30 of Thailand’s 77 provinces were affected by floods caused by heavier than usual monsoon rains.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 1-7 October, 2013

Thousands are evacuated in Fujian province as Tropical storm Fitow made landfall in China. In the Philippines, seasonal flooding has knocked down temporary Zamboanga IDP shelters.

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