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22 Sep 2017 description

The Mekong River Commission monitors the Mekong river daily, including water level, water quality, as well as flood and drought forecasting. Our data affirms that Typhoon Doksuri (Doksuri) is the main contributor to the rising water level in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB).

21 Sep 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of muddy water have flooded eight villages in central Laos’ Xaysomboun province after the reservoir of a dam upstream burst its banks last week following heavy rain, damaging infrastructure, farmlands, and water supplies.

When the reservoir of the Nam Ao Dam in Phaxay district in northeastern Laos’ Xieng Khouang province broke on Sept. 11, it sent 500,000 cubic meters of water downstream in severe flashfloods that inundated the villages with water, seriously damaging one of them, according to officials.

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • Tropical storm Sonca-17 has caused heavy rains and flash floods in six provinces. WFP and the Government are conducting rapid assessments.
    Stocks of rice and canned fish are available, and emergency food assistance can be provided to the affected populations in case of need.

  • The cash-based transfers programme will be expanded to 33 schools from September. It will complement the in-kind assistance already provided by WFP to ensure children receive a diversified lunch made with fresh local food.

14 Sep 2017 description

“Fill the Nutrient Gap” (FNG), is a situation analysis and decision-making tool developed by the World Food Programme (WFP) with inputs from the University of California, Davis; the International food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI); Epicentre; the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Harvard University; and Mahidol University. It identifies context-specific strategies for improving nutritional intake of vulnerable populations, especially during the first 1,000 days.

13 Sep 2017 description

VIENTIANE – Today, the Lao PDR Ministry of Health, jointly with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), launched the country’s first Fill the Nutrient Gap report. The report confirmed that despite significant progress, Lao PDR has some of the highest rates of malnutrition in South East Asia, with more than one third of children under five (35.6 percent) suffering from stunting or chronic malnutrition.

30 Aug 2017 description
report World Bank

New World Bank project to help protect thousands against the impact of flooding

25 Aug 2017 description

The Mekong region has witnessed considerable deterioration of watersheds from war, logging, mining, population growth, hydropower and irrigation development, and clearing of terrestrial and flooded forests for agriculture. Some areas of the Mekong basin have lost over half of their original forest cover leading to soil erosion, flash floods, and a decline in the provision of ecological goods and services.

24 Aug 2017 description

The Government of Lao PDR, Development Partners and UXO Operators build a solid foundation to achieve the national Sustainable Development Goal 18, “Lives Safe from UXO”

The Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Sector Working Group met today in Vientiane to discuss and outline progress and plans for dealing with the UXO obstacle to Lao PDR’s development. Sector Working Groups link local progress to national plans and policies within the national Round Table Process, Lao PDR’s development cooperation forum.

20 Aug 2017 description

The U.S. Agency for International Development “Nurture” (USAID Nurture) project, led by Save the Children (SC) is aimed at contributing to a reduction in young child stunting. Over a three-year period, USAID Nurture will be implemented in all villages of six districts of two provinces in the central region of Lao PDR.

18 Aug 2017 description

Heavy rainfall in Lao PDR between 25 July and 5 August has resulted in flooding in several provinces, affecting human life, housing, agriculture and infrastructure.

The most affected Provinces are Oudomxay, Bolikhamxay, Sekong, Attapeu, Saravane, Champasack, Xayyabuly, Vientiane and Khammoun.

Whilst assessments are ongoing, preliminary data indicates that more than 100 000 people have been affected and at least 4 people are reported dead.

16 Aug 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the District of Khamkeuth in Borikhamxay province, in the central-northern part of Lao People’s Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 11 August 2017 and detected several area s with potentially standing waters. In the district of Khamkeuth ~ 2,441 ha are likely flooded. Kindly note, the district of Khamkeuth has been partially analyzed due to the image does not cover the full district.

11 Aug 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the Phonhong & Viengkham Districts, Vientiane Province, in the northwestern part of Lao People?s Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 1 August 2017 and detected several areas with potentially standing waters. In the district of Phonhong 2,045 ha are likely flooded and in the district of Viengkham 1,077 ha. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR-UNOSAT.

04 Aug 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the District of Sanamay, Attapeu Province, in the southwestern part of Lao People's Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 30 July 2017 and detected several areas with potentially standing waters. In the district of Sanamxay ~5,225 ha are likely flooded.This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR-UNOSAT.

04 Aug 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the Champasack, Sukhuma and Pathoomphone Districts, Champasack Province, in the southwestern part of Lao People's Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 30 July 2017 and detected several areas with potentially standing waters. In the district of Sukhuma 4,334 ha are likely flooded, 5,619 ha in the district of Champasack and 5,854 ha in the district of Pathoomphone mostly affecting the plains along the Mekong river.

04 Aug 2017 description
report UNOSAT

The purpose of this flood rapid assessment is to give a quick overview of the magnitude and severity of the event.

04 Aug 2017 description

For Lao PDR, the most bombed country per capita in the world, 1 August is a significant date. The day marks the anniversary of the Entry Into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, and 2017 is the seventh anniversary. The Convention is an international treaty that prohibits the production, use, transfer and storage of these explosive weapons. To mark the anniversary, the Government of Lao PDR, development partners and entities active in the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) sector came together at an event organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. 

03 Aug 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the satellite-detected water extent in the District of Khongxedone, Salavan Province, in the southwestern part of Lao People?s Democratic Republic after the tropical storm SONCA-17. The UNITAR-UNOSAT analysis used a Sentinel-1 satellite image acquired on the 30 July 2017 and detected several areas with potentially standing waters. In the district of Khongxedone ~2,921 ha are likely flooded mostly affecting the central part of the district along the ?Xe Don? river. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field.

31 Jul 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Ministry of Planning and Investment and WFP officially launched the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for 2017-2021 and signed the Memorandum of Understanding. The CSP will support the Government in its journey toward middle income status, and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal targets.

  • The Ministry of Health and WFP held a consultation workshop with development partners on “Filling the Nutrient Gap” in Lao PDR.

Operational Updates

31 Jul 2017 description

Description

The high rainfall intensity, enhanced by the Tropical Storm (TS) "Sonca", has triggered flooding in Province of Saravan, Champassak, Xekong, Xayaboury, Borikhamxay. Savannakhet and Attapeu.

In Xayaboury Province, two people were died and one person was reportedly injured after flash flood hit Kaenthao District. About 89 houses were affected by the incident.

14 Jul 2017 description

Lao PDR’s own national Sustainable Development Goal 18 guides next phase of collaboration between UNDP and UXO sector