Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Floods DREF operation n° MDRLA003 Update No. 1


Update No. 1 covering period 3 October – 31 October 2013

Summary: CHF 292,168 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to 10,000 beneficiaries (2,000 families).

With the onset of this year’s monsoon season in June, the river Nam Xan rose rapidly, eventually overflowing its banks in various places, causing widespread flooding and flash floods in the northern and central provinces of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR).

It was estimated that over 350,000 people have been affected by floods throughout the country and over 20 people lost their lives. Lao Red Cross (LRC) along with in-country partners and government officials worked for the affected people from the onset of the disaster by mobilizing its grass roots volunteers and staff members as well as in-country relief stocks.

After the approval of the DREF, initial steps have been taken to start the implementation focusing on the process of in-country procurement of relief goods.

In order to assist the National Society in the implementation process, a staff on loan from Thai Red Cross is expected to be deployed as of early November. The staff on loan would be embedded into the Lao Red Cross Disaster Management Division to provide support to the implementation of the Plan of Action, of which the draft is to be finalised. This deployment will also contribute to the strengthening of regional response capacity and further build peer learning/exchange opportunities, and further strengthen the partnership between the Thai and Lao Red Cross societies.

The focus of this DREF operation is in the Salavan and Champasak provinces situated in the southern part of the country. This operation is expected to be implemented over six months, and will therefore be completed by March 2014. The Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by June 2014).