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13 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • A donor mission from Yum! Brands Australia visited Lao PDR to visit the villages where Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) and school meals activities are supported with their contribution. The representatives met with local government officials, visited two schools, three health centres and two villages in Sekong and Savannakhet districts in the south of the country.

Operational Updates

23 Jan 2017 description

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 23 January 2017 – The Government of the Netherlands has granted USD 2.17 million to the Mekong River Commission in support of its MRC Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 including the Flood Management and Mitigation Initial Studies.

22 Dec 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2016 forecast to recover

  • Cereal exports in 2016 to increase from last year’s low level

Cereal production in 2016 forecast to recover

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.