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18 Jan 2019 description

Operational Updates

  • WFP continues to support the Government’s response to widespread floods throughout the country. Floods in July/August 2018 damaged basic infrastructure, schools, hospitals and homes. Six villages were totally displaced and seven more villages were affected but not displaced.

  • WFP is managing US$1.7 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support food assistance needs to cover a six- month period in the six hardest-hit districts in Khammouane province .

15 Jan 2019 description


Asia-Pacific remains the world's most disaster-prone region and, in 2018, natural disasters once again affected millions of people. During the year the region experienced a number of sudden-onset disasters that prompted international responses, including Tropical Cyclone Gita in Tonga (February), a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea (February), Tropical Storm Son Tinh in Lao PDR (August), Cyclone Mangkhut in the Philippines (September) and a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province (October).

07 Jan 2019 description

In Numbers

986 metric tons of food assistance distributed

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

300,764 people assisted

US$ 61,700 in cash distributed

Operational Updates

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

  • The Humanitarian Country Team received US$ 3.5 million from the UN Central Emergency

01 Jan 2019 description
report Radio Free Asia

Rice shortages are the latest setback in Laos’ relief efforts for victims of the country’s worst flood disaster in decades.

The rupture of a dam in July inundated 12 villages and killed at least 43 people in Champassak and Attapeu provinces, leaving hundreds more missing. Now up to 3,000 victims are facing hardship as relief rice is running out.

“We don’t have enough rice to distribute to the victims,” a labor and social welfare official in Attapeu’s Sanamxay district told RFA’s Lao Service on Friday.

25 Dec 2018 description

As the water level began to rise, the villagers used small fishing boats to get themselves and their neighbours to safety. Everybody had to be evacuated from the village. During the thirty years that I have been the chief of this village, floods have always been a part of life, but what we have gone through lately is unprecedented."

17 Dec 2018 description

Following the positive reception of OCHA’s set of 250 public domain humanitarian icons in 2012, the organization is releasing an extended and completely redesigned new collection in 2018 (295 and counting).

The original suite was developed because at OCHA we understand that during the response to an emergency it is critical to share and understand complex information in a timely fashion. Icons — with their easily accessible, universal visual language — are vital to achieve this.

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.

04 Dec 2018 description

GENEVA, 4 December, 2018 – The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today launched the Implementation Guide for Man-made and Technical Hazards in response to the growing number and magnitude of man-made disasters worldwide.

30 Nov 2018 description

EUCPM activation

Following the outbreak of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on 25 August 2017, over 900 000 Rohingya people have taken refuge in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

As the rainy season comes to an end, one of the main risks within the highly congested refugee camps will be the outbreak of fire.

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.

02 Nov 2018 description

GENEVA, 2 November 2018 – The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today called attention to the significant loss of life and economic losses associated with tsunamis, notably for countries bordering the Indian and Pacific Oceans, over the last twenty years.

A review of available data from tsunami events puts these losses at 251,770 deaths and US$280 billion out of recorded economic losses for earthquakes and tsunamis of US$661.5 billion (1998-2017).

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.