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07 Dec 2016 description

The figures are simply mind-numbing. Over 270 million cluster bombs fell on Laos and up to 80 million did not detonate. More than half of all cluster munition casualties in the world are in Laos.

This edition of IMPACT goes beyond the numbers to the people at the heart of MAG’s work – the people who you help.

01 Dec 2016 description

VIENTIANE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has concluded a three-day visit to Lao People’s Democratic Republic, reiterating WFP’s commitment to helping the country achieve Middle Income Country (MIC) status by supporting food and nutrition security for all.

25 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Strategic Review of Food and Nutrition Security in Lao PDR, chaired by the Minister of Planning and Investment, was launched in October, following a yearlong process of consultations. The review complements national plans and corresponding sector strategies, helping reinforce efforts to address food insecurity and undernutrition in a comprehensive and integrated way.

25 Nov 2016 description

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 Republic. Initially, rains affected the provinces of Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Saravan and Sayabouri on 11 to 18 August. As conditions began to improve, a week later there followed more rains fuelled by effects of Tropical Strom Dianmu, mainly affecting the province of Xiangkhouang.

16 Nov 2016 description

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) today signed an agreement to develop new tools for farmers to adapt to climate change in Laos.

The project will give farmers weather information to make decisions about their crops in times of fluctuating meteorological patterns, and will provide them with real-time rainfall forecasts, provided by the National Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

27 Oct 2016 description

Highlights

  • The report on the Consolidated Livelihood Exercise for Analysing Resilience, published in August, identified areas least resilient to climate change. This will assist WFP and partners to implement adaptation activities, which will help communities to recognize, capitalize and build their own resilience.

23 Sep 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 Republic. Initially, rains affected the provinces of Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Saravan and Sayabouri on 11 to 18 August. As conditions began to improve, a week later there followed more rains fuelled by effects of Tropical Strom Dianmu, mainly affecting the province of Xiangkhouang.

13 Sep 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP joined the Ministry of Health and other UN agencies in a campaign to raise awareness on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week.

  • Partnership agreements with GIZ and Big Brother Mouse have been signed, for implementation of hygiene and literacy activities, respectively, in schools under WFP’s school meals programme.

Operational Updates

07 Sep 2016 description

SG/SM/18036-ENV/DEV/1703

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the launch of Sustainable Development Goal 18 for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, in Vientiane, today:

It is a great pleasure to be here with you to launch this unique initiative.

06 Sep 2016 description

Key Messages

  • Livelihoods in Lao PDR are diverse owing to a complex topography and the flows of the Mekong River basin. Over 40 unique livelihood groups exist in the country, each with a unique resilience profile.

  • The livelihoods with greatest climate resilience are those with sufficient access to financial capital (and wealth) and land, those which are highly diversified, and those which do not rely on rainfed agriculture. Focusing on activities linked to these characteristics will enhance community resilience.

06 Sep 2016 description
map UNOSAT

Analysis with Sentinel-1 Acquired 2 August 2016 and Sentinel-1 Data Acquired 23 August 2013

06 Sep 2016 description

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

September 06, 2016

05 Sep 2016 description
map UNOSAT

Precipitation Accumulation GPM Derived Data (IMERG Real TIme), acquired from 08 August to 25 August 2016

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

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.

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

1. HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

Highlights

  • 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

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.

26 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP is preparing 247 schools to transition to the lunch modality by September. This is in line with the Government’s policy on school lunch.

  • A Field Level Agreement with Plan International was signed, and will focus on the implementation of literacy activities in some of the schools supported by WFP’s school meals programme.

  • WFP and FAO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration in food security, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and climate-change adaptation.