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Southeast Asia floods situation report 23 Aug 2002

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Flooding and torrential rain are threatening a large section of southeast Asia, raising fears of a disaster similar to flooding in 2002 that killed hundreds in Vietnam and Cambodia.

This week, seven people were killed in flooding in Vietnam, bringing to at least 44 the number of those killed in that country from floods and rain during the last month, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

AFP also reported that authorities in Cambodia were preparing for widespread floods; authorities in neighboring Laos had already begun responding to flooding there. Officials from throughout the region are concerned not only about fatalities caused by the floods but the effects flooding and rain will have on crops.

Mekong River water levels in central Laos, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a statement, were at their highest levels since 1966, AFP reported. Flooding was also widespread in China.

Assessment

Skip Dangers of CWS/Laos reported today that water levels in the capital city of Vientiane, Laos, where the CWS office is located,have dropped some from earlier in the week. While easing some initial concerns about flooding in parts of the Mekong district, the situation remained "a serious emergency," Dangers said. A major concern was the threat flooding posed for the health of the general population.

Dangers is in contact with emergency/disaster relief officials in the affected areas. CWS will respond as needed; CWS responded to flooding in southeast Asia in 2000.

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