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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


  • 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


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

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

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


  • 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

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


  • 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.

23 Jun 2016 description


  • WFP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific visited Lao PDR to attend the stakeholder consultation for the independent, country-wide Strategic Review on Food and Nutrition Security.

  • A feedback mechanism (hotline) is being rolled out in all provinces where WFP works, to improve accountability to the populations we serve through our programmes.

Operational Updates

21 Jun 2016 description
report Voice of America

By Daniel De Carteret

XIENG KHOUANG, LAOS— The lush green landscape of Laos’ northeastern Xieng Khouang province masks what almost a decade of conflict left behind. Millions of cluster munitions, known in Laos as “bombies,” are scattered among the rice fields and mountains, many buried deep below the surface.

14 Jun 2016 description

What is the CBDRR Manual?

The CBDRR Manual is a practical ‘how-to’ guide on community-based disaster risk reduction for government and non-government agencies in Lao PDR. It is a commonly agreed document to be referred to by agencies working on CBDRR in Lao PDR. It provides guidance and support for systematic implementation of CBDRR programs by explaining each of the steps as well as tools used.

10 Jun 2016 description

As part of the South-South Cooperation Exchange Program (Phase II Stage II) and with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a group of six participants from UXO Lao have arrived to start a program of onthe-job training in operational management with their CMAC counterparts.
They will spend eleven days in Cambodia from 6-17 June 2016 under CMAC coordination.

27 May 2016 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam has been supporting local partner projects in Laos since the 1980s. Laotian agriculture and cattle breeding are extremely sensitive to natural disasters and disaster management is crucial to sustainable livelihoods.

In December 2014, along with three other partner organisations, Oxfam began implementing a project to help strengthen disaster and risk reduction strategies in Vientiane province. We aimed to increase the capacity of schools, villages, and districts to reduce risks and respond to disasters as well as to help build a culture of safety and resilience.

25 May 2016 description

Food Security Snapshot - Dry weather affects start of 2016 main rice season - Cereal production decreased in 2015 due to dry weather - Cereal exports in 2016 forecast to increase from last year’s high level

Dry weather affects start of 2016 main rice season