Vientiane Times

Villages inundated as heavy rain lashes two provinces

River levels have increased and flooded crops, rice fields, gardens, fishponds and villages after heavy rain in the two northern provinces over the past three days. Two districts and the Boten Special Economic Zone in Luang Namtha province are the worst affected areas, with Nam ...

Times Reporters

River border patrols beefed up in Champassak, Savannakhet

Border patrols on the Mekong River are being stepped up in Champassak and Savannakhet provinces to prevent people entering Laos illegally from Thailand, after these provinces recorded a spike in Covid-19 infections. Laos has seen a spike in imported cases of Covid-19 since the start of ...

Times Reporters

Govt approves Bokeo-Boten expressway linking China, Thailand

Construction of the 176.3km expressway is expected to cost US$3.8 billion. It will enable vehicles to travel at 80km per hour and will cut the travel time between Boten and Huayxai to just one and a half hours. The expressway runs for a distance of 440km ...

Times Reporters

Laos records first cases of Delta variant

Out of the six new cases of Covid-19 reported in Champassak province, three people returning to Laos from Thailand tested positive for the Delta variant, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control announced on Wednesday.The Delta variant is of increasing global concern because of ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

Fishermen call for river pollution to be addressed

Members of a large fishing community in Naxab village, Naxaithong district, Vientiane, are appealing to authorities to address the problem of farms dumping animal waste in the Khon River, which they say is creating a threat to fishing.The polluted river affects some 1,648 people who ...

Times Reporters

Villages inundated as heavy rain lashes provinces

Thousands of people in many provinces are suffering from flash floods after heavy rain in recent days has inundated their communities in Xayaboury, Bokeo, Xieng Khuang and Vientiane provinces. Xayaboury district has been the hardest hit and more than 10 villages are affected. Roads, water ...

Siladda Souliyong

Pfizer vaccine will be used to protect most vulnerable

A shipment of 100,620 doses of the vaccine arrived in Laos on Monday, provided by the COVAX Facility a partnership between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF, and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The government will use this batch to vaccinate ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

More than 84,000 people driven into poverty due to pandemic

Statistics indicate that 84,418 people are unemployed and suffering severe financial hardship across the country as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, including many who have been laid off from jobs in other countries.The figures were obtained by village authorities after they surveyed poor and ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

MRC to monitor Mekong flow with French support

The French Government granted EUR 1.5 million to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to monitor rainfall and river flow in order to better understand flow changes and the corresponding impacts on development projects. New funding will continue to improve and expand its network for better ...

Times Reporters

Vientiane authorities order lockdown in red zone villages

Vientiane authorities have ordered a 14-day lockdown in so-called red zones of the city where the highest number of Covid-19 infections have occurred.During a meeting of the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control last week, Deputy Prime Minister Professor Dr Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune instructed city ...

Phomphong Laoin

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