Extreme weather risks the food security of thousands of Lao villages. At the COP 21 talks, will rich countries honour their pledge of $100bn a year by 2020 to help?
Namai village in remote, mountainous central Laos has seen immense change in just 20 years. Its isolation only ended when a road was pushed up the valley in 2003, and electricity came several years later.
Summary of WFP assistance:
WFP’s long-term goal in Lao PDR is to ensure that targeted communities are food secure by implementing sustainable programmes. In addition to building national capacity, WFP supports activities which address the three elements of food security by increasing food availability, improving households’ access to food and advocating for food utilisation issues. To achieve this, WFP Lao PDR uses a lifecycle approach.
VIENTIANE, LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) today signed an agreement for a $3 million grant to support the government’s efforts to eliminate the spread of drug-resistant malaria in the country.
GENEVA/LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Laos has suffered a case of vaccine-derived polio, the World Health Organization said on Monday, in a new setback to a global plan to eradicate the crippling disease after the virus resurfaced in Ukraine and Mali.
The WHO said an 8-year-old boy died of the disease on Sept. 11, and genetic sequencing suggested the virus strain has been circulating in the area of Bolikhamxay province, which has low immunisation rates, for more than two years.
In response to widespread flooding in the northern and north-central provinces of Lao PDR, the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs are partnering with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and World Vision to distribute disaster relief supplies to communities in Bolikhamxay province. The disaster relief supply distribution is part of a multi-year “Strengthening Government of Laos Capacity to Manage Humanitarian Emergencies” program funded by the USAID Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
Lao People’s Democratic Republic - Flood affected families in isolated villages in central Lao PDR have received much needed relief supplies from the US Embassy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and World Vision International Lao PDR, in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare.
Residents of Bolikhamxay Province were inundated by the recent flooding in Paksan and Bolikhan Districts.
Funds Sent To: Lutheran World Federation, LAO PDR
Amount Sent: USD 59,728
Date: 14 August 2015
Details of Response
Emergency: Floods in Luangnamtha Province of Lao, People Democratic Republic (LAO PDR)
Date of Emergency: 3 August 2015
ACT Requesting Member: Lutheran World Federation/Department for World Service
I. NARRATIVE SUMMARY
DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY
Laos - Floods (ECHO, media)
Widespread but localized flooding has affected many rural areas and towns in Bokeo, Borikhamxay, Khammuan, Luang Namtha and Xaysomboun provinces since 2 August. Needs assessments are ongoing. The Government, provincial authorities, donors and private sector are providing emergency aid but thousands of people are still in need of assistance.
Continuous rainfall over the past weeks has caused flooding in many areas, including Houphan, Bolikhamxay, Khammoune and Luangnamtha provinces.
According to the AHA Centre, 47 815 people have been affected and 113 houses damaged. So far, no fatality has been reported.
The Meteorology and Hydrology Department has warned several provinces (especially Bolikhamxay province) to anticipate flooding as the Mekong River is rising rapidly.
The continuous rains since last week have triggered flooding in several provinces in Lao PDR. Flooding have been reported in 118 villages in 12 districts in the Provinces of Houphan, Bolikhamxay, Khammoune and Luangnamtha. The Social Welfare Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare reported 7,989 families or 47,815 people have been affected. No death have been reported as a result of the flood. The flood have also caused damage to some 113 houses and disruption to public services and lifelines.
World Vision Lao responding to flooding in central area of the country.
6 August 2015
World Vision is responding to flooding in Bolikhamxay province, distributing food and clean water to more than 6,300 people who have seen water pour into their homes.
The flooding began on Sunday evening, 2 August 2015, after several days of heavy rain. An estimated 10 villages have been affected – with 1,238 households in the flooded area.
WFP’s goal for Lao PDR is eradication of malnutrition and undernourishment, improving overall health, wellbeing and development. A key area of engagement is the reduction and prevention of stunting and malnutrition related anaemia.
The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) invited the United Nations platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) to conduct an in-country Technical Advisory Mission (TAM). The mission was carried out July 6 through 10. Lao PDR requested the TAM to assist with building capacity for utilizing space-based information and services that are relevant to disaster managers, and to improve access to that information.
A lack of rainfall and scorching heat is destroying the livelihoods of Lao farmers, who say their crops are dying amid an ongoing drought in the Southeast Asian region linked to the El Niño phenomenon.
The drought since May has left those in Laos who rely on agriculture to earn a living high and dry, with one rice farmer in the capital Vientiane telling RFA’s Lao Service that this year’s rainy season has been a total wash.
Lao PDR - IOM in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, supported by the US government, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare today to officially begin a project to strengthen the capacity of Lao government officials in humanitarian emergencies.
The project will focus on developing a National Disaster Management Training Framework for government officials and will work not only at central level, but will train officials in all provinces in the complete disaster management cycle from prevention to recovery.
The United States is strengthening its commitment to the UXO sector in Laos by increasing its total assistance for Laos’ UXO sector to $15 million this year. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel announced the new assistance during the annual U.S.-Lao PDR Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue, which took place in Washington, D.C. on June 19. The Lao delegation to the Dialogue, led by Vice Foreign Minister Madame Sounthone Xayachak, thanked the United States for its continued, robust support to the Lao UXO Sector, including to the National Regulatory Authority and to UXO Lao.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Prospects for planting of 2015 main season rice uncertain due to dry weather
Maize exports in 2015 forecast to decrease from previous year’s high level
The Committee on the Rights of the Child today considered the initial reports of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic on how the country is implementing the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and the Optional Protocol on children involved in armed conflict.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Rice production in 2015 forecast to increase from last year’s average level
- Cereal exports in 2015 forecast to decrease from the previous year’s high level
- Food insecurity is of concern in parts of the country
World Vision Laos
Nine-year-old Yaok and his brother Vangsith huddled around the fire. It was winter, where temperatures dropped to single digits, and the boys and their friends clamored around the flames for a little warmth.
Sak – another one of their friends was sitting beside with hands holding a rusty ball. Or what looked like it anyway.
“He was the one who brought the bomb,” Yaok remembers.