Radio Free Asia

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

Lao fishermen return to Malaysia, despite risks

Thousands of Laotians are once again leaving their home country to work in the Malaysian fishing industry, where they are susceptible to abuse from employers due to their illegal status. The Lao Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare estimated that about 2,000 Laotians had recently ...

Souphatta

Mekong dams must release less water in dry season to preserve habitats, experts say

Abnormally high-water levels in the Mekong River at the end of May indicate that dams on the river must release less water during the dry season to protect the ecosystem, experts said at an online panel Monday. Rain levels during the dry season this year have ...

Eugene Whong

Rebuilt dam near site of devastating collapse releases water, scaring residents

The company responsible for Laos’ worst ever dam collapse more than three years ago announced last week that its rebuilt dam would begin releasing water, scaring downstream residents, including survivors of the disaster. Keep reading ...

Eugene Whong

Worries in Laos and Thailand as upstream dams drain Mekong River

Low water levels and a lack of sediment have affected the ecosystem and people’s livelihoods. Experts say the dams make the impact of periodic droughts in the Mekong basin worse and rob the river of the “pulse effect” that spreads water and nutrients that support ...

RFA

Migrant Workers Stranded by COVID-19 Lockdown Desperate to Leave Laos SEZ

Workers at a special economic zone (SEZ) in northern Laos that caters to Chinese gamblers are desperate to return to their homes amid an outbreak of the coronavirus that triggered a lockdown earlier this week, saying they haven’t been paid in months and can no ...

RFA

Chinese-Owned Factory in Laos Causes Health Scare, Foul Smells in Nearby Villages

A Chinese-owned factory in Laos that recently started operations is causing noise and air pollution that affect the health of nearby residents in the country’s Bolikhamxay province.The factory, which produces packing foam for use in transporting bananas, is made up of one building situated on ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Lao Dam Resettlement Village Out of Water Due to Drought

More than 100 Lao families who were moved to a resettlement village four years ago to make way for construction of the Nam Tha 1 Dam hydropower project in Luang Namtha province have run out of water amid a worsening drought, local sources say.Water sources ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Lao Woman Gets Five Years for Criticizing Government on Facebook

Authorities in Laos last week sentenced a woman to five years in prison for criticizing the government on Facebook.Houayheuang Xayabouly, 30, also known by her nickname Mouay, was arrested Sept. 12 after she voiced her concern about the government response to flooding in the country’s ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Lao Woman Sentenced to 15 Years for Trafficking Four Girls to China

Authorities in Laos have sentenced a woman to 15 years in prison for trafficking four Lao girls to China in 2018, RFA has learned.Identified as Mrs. Duangchanh, the woman met the girls in Luang Namtha city, Luang Namtha province in January 2018. She told them ...

RFA’s Lao Service

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