Disasters and emergency response

Weeks after tropical storm Ma-On batters northern Laos, residents struggle to recover

Two weeks after tropical storm Ma-On battered Southeast Asia, northern Laos is digging itself out of the devastation, as authorities contend with damaged infrastructure, inundated farmland, and hundreds of displaced people at risk of disease from lack of access to clean water.  Keep reading ...

RFA Lao

Which Dams Are Releasing Water in Laos?

As monsoonal rains drench Laos and rivers continue to rise across the country, several hydropower projects have been forced to release water. Where are these dams, and when have they released water?The government received alerts from five hydroelectric plants in recent days regarding the release ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

Overflow alert issued for Mekong communities

Xayaboury province is advising people living alongside the Mekong River to prepare for possible flooding, while neighbouring Thailand has warned its seven north-eastern provinces to brace for sudden overflows along the river until Thursday. The Lao province issued the alert following heavy rainfall in recent ...

Times Reporters

Thousands affected by floods in the north

Thousands of people in northern areas of Laos are suffering after rivers flooded following several days of heavy rain. Xayaboury, Huaphan and parts of Luang Prabang and Vientiane provinces have been the hardest hit, with at least 10 districts affected. In some areas, roads have ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Govt announces full reopening of Laos starting May 9

The government has announced that all international border crossings will reopen, so that Lao and foreign nationals, well as stateless people, can enter and exit Laos freely.The Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday (May 7) issued a notice declaring that borders would reopen.The reopening of Laos ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Sound Public Financial Management Key to Economic Recovery in Lao PDR

The economy of the Lao PDR is forecast to grow 3.4% this year and 3.7% next year thanks to the country’s investments to boost exports, according to the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2022 released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Apr 6.Rising oil prices ...

KPL

Laos to Vaccinate Young Children Against Covid-19

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control announced yesterday that it would begin vaccinations of young children in Phongsaly Province. Children aged 6 to 11 years in certain districts of Phongsaly Province are to receive vaccinations against Covid-19 under a trial program.The total vaccination rate has ...

Khonephachanh Syboun

US donates more Covid-19 vaccine to Laos

Adolescents aged 12 to 17, people aged 60 and over, people with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women will be among those benefitting from the latest donation of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine from the United States. To date, the United States has provided over US$13 million ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Laos Launches Enhanced Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate with QR Code

Health authorities in Laos have launched a new enhanced Covid-19 vaccination certificate with a QR Code that will allow for greater authenticity and digital verification. According to a report by the Center of Information and Education for Health, the QR code on the Covid-19 vaccination certificate will ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Laos Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions as Infections Reach New Peak

Most of the cases have occurred in Vientiane, prompting the municipal authorities to declare a strict lockdown for two weeks beginning Sunday. Under the new restrictions, residents will be forced to stay in their homes unless obtaining food or medicine, or making their way to ...

Sebastian Strangio

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