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09 Dec 2018 description


The Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) has been a gamechanger for WHO. It allows WHO to respond rapidly to disease outbreaks and health emergencies - often in 24 hours or less. This saves lives and helps prevent unnecessary suffering. Furthermore, a quick response dramatically reduces the costs of controlling outbreaks and emergencies, as well as the wider social and economic impacts.

07 Dec 2018 description


The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is like tango, it takes two — the ocean and the atmosphere — to complete. This year, despite widespread above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, the atmosphere has not yet responded. Therefore, only “ENSO-neutral” conditions have prevailed in the region so far.

Although the stage is set for the tango, ENSO may or may not materialize, or just slightly influence some parts of the region.

29 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

385 metric tons of food assistance distributed

WFP’s operations in Lao PDR are fully funded until April 2019 thanks to the generous support of WFP’s donors

155,387 people assisted

US$ 25,000 in cash distributed

Operational Updates

  • WFP continues to support the Government’s response to widespread floods throughout the country.

28 Nov 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

Survivors of July’s disaster at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy (PNPC) hydropower project in Champassak, Laos are calling upon the local and national governments for relief, after failing to receive promised allowances for living expenses for the past two month., according to a local official.

26 Nov 2018 description

Situation Overview

Two tropical storms and sustained heavy rainfall during July, August and September 2018 have affected the entire country, including an estimated 2,400 villages and 132,000 households. 3,616 households have been evacuated, and 55 people reportedly died. Approximately 150 km of national and provincial roads, as well as 133 km of district and 350 km of rural roads and 47 bridges have been damaged.

22 Nov 2018 description
  • Tropical Cyclone THIRTYTHREE (named SAMUEL in the Philippines) continued moving westward passing over western Visayas Islands, Sulu Sea and northern Palawan Islands, slighty strenghtening. Heavy rainfalls and strong winds are currently affecting central-southern Luzon, Mindoro Island and Palawan Island.
14 Nov 2018 description


  • With the rainy season coming to an end, the disaster damages and losses can be expected to have stabilized. There has been no recent update of Government figures. 2,382 villages, 126,736 families, 616,145 people are reported as affected. 1,779 Houses are destroyed and 514 damaged. 90,000 ha of paddy fields and 11,000 ha of other plantations have been destroyed, and 630 km of roads and 47 bridges have been damaged.

14 Nov 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

By Roseanne Gerin

The Lao dam disaster in July that resulted in heavy flooding in two provinces that left at least 40 people dead and displaced 7,000 others has drawn both regional and international attention to the potential dangers of Southeast Asia’s current dam-building spree.

With plans for 11 large dams either proposed or under construction on the mainstream of the lower Mekong River in Laos and Cambodia, and for about 140 dams on Mekong tributaries in Laos, more disasters are likely to occur, experts say.

01 Nov 2018 description


Description of the disaster

The collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam on 23 July 2018 as a result of Tropical Storm Son Tinh that had made land fall days earlier, has caused massive flash floods that affected 13,100 people and displaced 6,000 people, leaving 39 dead and around 97 missing (according to UN Situation Report no. 9).

25 Oct 2018 description

By Tiamkare Thitithamtada, IFRC

Three months since the collapse of Laos’ Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydro-power dam cut a path of destruction through 13 villages in the province of Attapeu, many communities, including that of Mai Village, are finally able to move into government-built temporary housing after spending weeks in emergency shelters. The housing provides more privacy for the families in the village, comes with toilets and bathrooms installed for the men and women, and is fitted with electricity.

24 Oct 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

The governor of a province in Laos hit by flooding from a dam breach earlier this year has issued conflicting estimates of the projected cost to house displaced persons, giving figures deemed unnecessarily high by another official source and contradicting statements he himself had made earlier in an interview.

On July 23, water poured over a saddle dam at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy hydropower project in Champassak in southern Laos, sweeping away homes and causing severe flooding in up to 12 villages downstream in Champassak and neighboring Attapeu province.

19 Oct 2018 description

In Numbers

526 metric tons of food assistance distributed

US$ 0 six months (October-March) net funding requirements

163,783 people assisted in September 2018

Operational Updates

  • WFP continues to support the government’s response to floods throughout the country.

19 Oct 2018 description


  • According to Government figures as of 15 October, which are similar to the ones reported in the last Information Bulletin of 5 October, 2,382 villages, 126,736 families and 616,145 people are reported to be affected by the floods.
    A total of 16,739 people remains evacuated from their villages. 1,779 Houses are reported as destroyed and 514 as damaged. 90,000 ha of paddy fields and 11,000 ha of other plantations have been destroyed, and 630 km of roads and 47 bridges have been damaged.

05 Oct 2018 description


  • 133,405 households and 648,605 individuals have been affected by the flooding resulting from tropical storms Sontinh and Bebinca and the sustained rainfalls, according to the latest Government reports. A total of 16,739 people have been evacuated from their villages. With the rainy season expected to continue into November, these numbers could increase. It is expected that the emergency response will be ongoing until the rainy season has ended. At the same time, the early recovery phase has started.

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.