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Laos Government Allows Foreign Legal Businesses to Survey Land

A recent announcement from the ministry states that the Decision applies to individuals, legal entities, and organizations being operated in Laos by foreigners, stateless persons, and foreign-Lao nationals. Lao nationals can conduct land use rights business, land surveying services, land price evaluation, and other land-related services ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

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

Nam Ngum 1 Dam Begins Operating New Extension

The existing dam has been extended to the side, and a new power plant extension with an installed capacity of 40 megawatts was constructed. The electrical and mechanical equipment now has a total installed capacity of 275 megawatts.The ceremony beginning the operation of the new ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

Thai Court Shoots Down 10-year-old Case Against Laos’s Xayaburi Dam

The Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand dismissed a decade-long case by activists, which claimed that the power purchase by Thailand’s Electricity Generating Authority (EGAT) from Laos’s Xayaburi Dam was causing significant harm to the environment and the livelihoods of people residing along the Mekong River. ...

Amrita Paul

Investing in Ethnic Midwives to Protect Maternal Health, UNFPA

Vida is a 28-year-old midwife from the Akha community who is proud of her role in ensuring women in Lao PDR realize positive maternal health outcomes. Based at Long District hospital in Luang Namtha province, this Akha midwife graduated from the Oudomxay UNFPA-MOH supported midwifery ...

Manyphone Vongphachanh

Overall Mekong River flow patterns do not change: report finding

Two hydropower projects along Southeast Asia’s most important river have had measurable, but moderate, impact on water flow, sediment and fisheries, according to preliminary findings of a report by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) released last week.With roughly one year of monitoring data, the MRC ...

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

Tri-Country Freight Train to Run through Malaysia, Thailand and Laos

The new tri-country freight train, or ASEAN express, between Malaysia, Thailand and Laos will begin operating in October of this year. The railway in Malaysia will also have connections to provinces in China, including Kunming, Chengdu and also to Chongqing via Tanaleng station, Vientiane Capital. ...

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

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