Lao PDR: Flooding in Sanamxay District - Office of the UN Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 04 (as of 29 July 2018)



• Tropical storm Son-Tinh has affected several provinces, the most severe being Sanamxay District. Attapeu Province. This is the largest flood the country has seen in the past ten years.

• Staff from several UN agencies participated in the initial rapid response with government staff and is finalizing their response plans.

• The UN activated five clusters, namely WASH, Health, Food Security and Nutrition, Shelter and Logistics. The clusters met to draft a detailed matrix showing needs, response and gaps.

• The consolidated menu for support for the disaster response from the UN agencies, INGOs and development partners was highly appreciated by the Government.

• Floods from Attapeu Province have inundated 4 communities in Siem Pang District, Stung Treng province, Cambodia. According to the National Committee for Disaster Management of Cambodia, at the moment, the extent of disaster occurrence is within the internal Government capability.

• Moderate to heavy rains have been forecast across Laos for the coming days. General public and humanitarian partners are advised to monitor Mekong River Commission Report on water level.

• The Government has issued Agreement on the appointment of the focal point of Emergency Operation Centers for assistance coordination at central and local levels and the National Disaster Ad-hoc Committee.

Situation Overview

• The flash floods have caused severe damages to properties by submerging basic infrastructure, roads, bridges schools, hospitals, cultivation fields and irrigation system. This has long term socio-economic impacts as it disrupt the livelihoods and well-being of the local communities.

• Roads to Sanamxay District and access to natural water resources are cut off. School buildings in affected areas are used as evacuated centers.

• There are 13 affected villages comprising 2,836 HHs, 13,067 people of whom 6406 are women. There are 6 severely affected villages comprising 1,611 HHs, 7,324 people of whom 3,452 are women.

• The eight villages most affected by the flood are all contaminated by Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), including Cluster Munitions. At least 94% of the villages in Attapeu province are contaminated by UXO. Currently there are two clearance operators in Attapeu province: UXO Lao and NPA.

• The following needs continue to be highlighted:

o Rescue boats

o Mobile toilets

o Packaged and canned food

o Mosquito nets

o Personal Hygiene Kits

o Set of housing repair kits

o Command post tent with operations and support equipment

o Psychosocial support


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