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01 Oct 2018 description
report Thai Red Cross

By watchariya.l

Following the collapes of an under-construction dam in Southeastern Laos, Ms. Kanungnij Chantatin, Head of the Capacity Building and Disaster Preparedness Unit of the TRCS Relief Division, and Ms. Porntheera Chaleekort, Registered Nurse 6 of the Thai Red Cross Health Station No.7 in Ubon Ratchathani Province, were deployed as the Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT) to Laos for relief and WASH support.

26 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

East Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster-stricken region in the world.

1 In 2016, disasters affected more than 86 million people in the region, compared with 40 million people in 2015.

2 In February 2018, Papua New Guinea was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which caused devastating landslides and widespread destruction. Some 270,000 people, including 125,000 children, are in need of immediate lifesaving assistance.

20 Sep 2018 description
report Thai Red Cross

By watchariya.l

Part of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower dam in Champasak and Attapeu Provinces, Southeastern Laos, the subsidiary dam under construction collapsed on 23 July 2018. The collapse resulted in flooding of several villages with 5,000 million cubic meters of water resulting in more than 20 people dead and leaving around 100 people missing and 6,600 people homeless.

19 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

10 metric tons of food assistance distributed

US$ 0 six months (September-February) net funding requirements

16,766 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

  • Tropical Storms caused heavy rains and flooding in 79 districts of 14 provinces across Lao PDR. According to the Government, over 80,000 families have been affected. In response, the UN Logistics Cluster, led by WFP, was activated and provided logistics support.

17 Sep 2018 description

ATTAPEU, LAO PDR – U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter visited U.S. government funded relief projects for people affected by recent flash floods and met with Provincial Governor Leth Xayaphone and local officials to discuss recovery efforts during her recent trip to Attapeu Province on September 10-11, 2018 as part of the United States’ ongoing support to the Government of Laos’ efforts to help local people affected by the disaster.

16 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Simon Nazer

ATTAPEU, Lao PDR, 12 September 2018 - “I just remember water coming into my home and people shouting,” says Khao Yai, 12. “I don’t really remember much after that. We just had to go right away, we left everything.”

A dam breach in southern Lao PDR in July released over five billion cubic meters of water – two million Olympic swimming pools worth – immersing an estimated 55,000 hectares of land and covering it with mud and sludge.

11 Sep 2018 description

Weeks after the collapse of a dam in south-east Laos, SOS Children’s Villages is helping children whose families were displaced by the disaster and heavy monsoon rains.

As one of the first organisations to respond following the 23 July collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam, SOS Laos is providing food as well as recreational and educational activities at two child-care spaces in southern Attapeu Province.

07 Sep 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

The number of dead continues to climb as updated reports come in from remote areas of Laos hit by flooding and landslides in recent weeks, Lao sources say.

In Houaphanh province in eastern Laos, heavy rains last week poured down a mountain into a valley, flooding a small river and slamming into villages nearby, an official of the province’s Labor and Social Welfare Department told RFA’s Lao Service on Thursday.

04 Sep 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author Karen Villholth Principal researcher; also Coordinator of the global partnership GRIPP, Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice, International Water Management Institute

01 Sep 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

Widespread flooding in Laos in recent weeks has blocked the start of the school year in the Southeast Asian country, with as many as 1,000 schools left unable to open by the Sept. 3 beginning of the new term, Lao sources say.

Speaking to RFA’s Lao Service on Aug. 30, an official of the Ministry of Education and Sports said that most primary and secondary schools in the country will not open next week.

31 Aug 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

Flooding from heavy rainfall has killed at least six people in northern Laos’ Luang Prabang province since the weekend, an official from the provincial Labor and Social Welfare Department said Thursday, as the Southeast Asian is battered by seasonal monsoons.

“Six are dead — two in Nam Bak district, one in Luang Prabang city, one in Ngeun district, and one in Ngon district, plus one child from an unknown location,” said the official who declined to be named.

30 Aug 2018 description

A cheque presentation ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Putrajaya on 30 August 2018. The contribution was from the Government of Malaysia to the victims of the massive flash floods caused by the collapse of the Xe Pien-Xe Namnoi Dam in Attepeu Province, Lao PDR which resulted in 39 death and more than 7,000 people have been displaced or made homeless. It also caused vast destruction on properties and affected livelihood of the people in the vicinity.

29 Aug 2018 description

Highlights and Key Priority

  • Water are seceding in most provinces, however in some area more slowly than expected.

  • National and sub-national authority, the Cambodia Red Cross and International and Local NGOs continue assisting the affected population particularly with food and non-food items (NFI) distributions, and in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, health, education and protection.

  • Sizable of families affected in the provinces of Kampong Cham, Prey Veng, Kratie and Tbong Khmom.

27 Aug 2018 description

INDIA

As of 21 August, one million people remain in relief camps following flooding in Kerala. While flood waters have begun to recede, the situation has designated an L3 level of Disaster under the National Disaster Management Plan. According to the Chief Minister of Kerala, the estimated loss to the state is US$ 2.84 billion. The Indian Prime Minister has announced US$72.8 million in relief support, and the Minister of Home Affairs has announced an additional US$14.3 million.

INDONESIA

24 Aug 2018 description
  1. The government of the Republic of Korea offered US$1 million in emergency relief aid and dispatched Korea Disaster Relief Teams (KDRTs) to the Lao People's Democratic Republic to help it recover from its dam accident on July 23.

° The third KDRT sent to Laos on August 14 will arrive at Incheon International Airport on August 24, local time, after ten days of medical services in the country, marking the end of the ROK government’s emergency relief operations there.

23 Aug 2018 description

On 23 July, after weeks of heavy rain, a dam in south-eastern Laos collapsed causing flash flooding that destroyed villages and farms in Attapeu province. More than 13,000 people have been affected and at least 6,000 have been forced from their homes. It was 5pm when Po was warned about the water. Flooding is a fact of life at this time of year in south-eastern Laos, though, so he and his family stayed put. “I thought it wouldn’t be that bad.”

It was.

23 Aug 2018 description

This report is produced by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator Lao PDR in collaboration with humanitarian partners. The next report may be issued in two weeks’ time on Thursday 6 September 2018.

Highlights

  • Last week tropical storm Bebinca hit the North of Laos causing the Mekong’s water level to rise.
    Human impact was minimal. However, forecast seasonal rains will continue to hinder access to camps. Some areas remain accessible only by helicopter. Damaged bridges are being repaired and/or replaced.