Disasters and emergency response

Disaster preparedness and emergency response policy and administration

Search suspended for six missing in Huaphan landslide

Lao and Vietnamese authorities have suspended their search for six people missing after a landslide in Huaphan province and whose bodies are presumed to be on the Vietnamese side of a river. The landslide occurred in Hindam village, Viengxay district, on August 3, destroying two houses, ...

Phomphong Laoin

MRC steps up monitoring of Mekong flows

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) — The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is closely monitoring the flow of the Mekong amid growing threats from fluctuating weather conditions.“During this current period of regionally low flow and historically severe drought, the MRC is doing its utmost to predict and inform ...

Ekaphone Phouthonesy

Motorists warned over landslides, flooding on northern roads

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Authorities are warning motorists travelling to the north to be alert for landslides along mountainous routes, especially in Huaphan, Xieng Khuang, Luang Prabang and Vientiane provinces, following heavy rain across the country since August 3.Director of the Public Works and Transport ...

Phomphong Laoin

Laos prioritises disaster recovery programme

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Despite budget constraints, disaster recovery remains a top priority for the government to sustain growth in the agriculture sector and alleviate poverty in local communities.Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr Bounkhuang Khambounheuang, told Vientiane Times this week that the government will allocate ...

Somsack Pongkhao

PNPC Dam Collapse Survivors Reluctantly Accept Lowball Compensation Offers

Nearly one year after the collapse of a saddle dam that caused a disaster described as Laos’ worst flooding in decades, struggling survivors are reluctantly accepting compensation for about 50 percent of their total property losses.The disaster occurred on July 23, 2018, when a saddle ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Eighty nine families relocated after flash flooding in Attapeu

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Some 89 households were moved to higher ground after heavy rainfall over several hours caused flash flooding to dwellings and routes in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province on July 2-3.Sanamxay district Governor Bounhom Phommasane told Vientiane Times yesterday that “Authorities did not ...

Keoviengkhone Bounviseth

Laos to give data to prevent Isan floods 

Laos has agreed in principle to provide data and information about water resources and management plans involving the Mekong River directly to Thai authorities to assess the water situation and take action to prevent floods in eight northeastern provinces. More ...

Post Reporters

Budget constraints hamper management of natural disasters in Laos

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Laos has done much in the past year to reduce the negative impacts of natural disasters but faces a number of challenges including budget constraints.Labour authorities admitted they were concerned that they may not achieve their planned target because of the ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Lao Govt presents way forward for post-flood recovery

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The Lao Recovery Consultation meeting yesterday brought together government agencies and development partners to discuss the way forward and build on the findings of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) conducted in 2018.Last year, Laos suffered its worst floods in a decade which ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

‘Commissions’ Required of Companies Bidding for Building Work in Flood-hit Lao Province

Construction firms bidding for approval to build permanent homes for flood victims in Laos must pay between 10 to 26 percent of the total cost of the project to local authorities if their bids are approved, sources in the country say.Government officials in Attapeu province, ...

Ounkeo Souksavanh

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