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Lao PDR: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2022

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From 10 to 15 August, tropical storm Mulan (later weakened to a tropical depression) brought heavy rains to southern parts of China and northern parts of Viet Nam, Laos and Thailand. In Laos, heavy flooding and damage to homes and livestock were reported in parts of Xayaburi, Houaphan, Savannakhet and Luang Prabang provinces. (OCHA, 16 Aug 2022)

Following Tropical Storm Mulan, heavy rains and floods were reported on 6-18 August in 9 provinces, 29 districts, and 223 villages, affecting an estimated 40,000 people. At least 540 houses were partially damaged, over 8,500 hectares of agricultural land was affected, and 14 bridges were damaged. The Provincial of Disaster Management Committees in affected areas continue to collect information on damages and losses. (OCHA, 23 Aug 2022)

Early August, heavy rains hit Laos countrywide followed by a tropical storm that caused widespread floods in North, Central, and Southern Laos. The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare released an official report on 15 August 2022 that eight provinces (Huaphan, Xayabouly, Borkeo, Luangprabang, Vientiane Capital, Salavan, Savanakhet, and Champasak) were affected. The rainfall brought widespread flooding and landslides causing roads to become impassable, water and electricity supplies have been cut and many residents evacuated. In Xayabouly, the Houng River overflowed, swamping riverside villages and partially submerging houses. [...] As of 15 August 2022, based on the initial assessment conducted by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, the NDMO with the participation of LRC for each branch, it was highlighted that 185 villages in 27 districts, in 8 provinces, with an estimated 10,131 households (42,550 people) affected. There were one death and two injuries. (IFRC, 24 Aug 2022)

On 26 August 2022, another round of heavy rains occurred, causing flash floods in Bokeo, Houaphan, Oudomxai, and Phongsali provinces, bringing severe damages. [...] An initial assessment report, published by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MOLSW) on 3 September 2022, informed around 2,283 households in Oudomxai province were affected, 100 houses were completely destroyed, and 445 houses partially damaged. The report also confirmed the death of one person, one person missing, and five persons with injuries [...] In Houaphan province, the same report from MOLSW confirmed that 287 households were affected, four houses were partially damaged, and two persons were injured. Similarly, In Phongsali and Bokeo provinces, the floods affected residential houses, roads, and other community infrastructure. (IFRC, 23 Sep 2022)