Description of the disaster
Heavy rains, which started pouring on 11 August 2016 and continued to 20 August 2016, have caused flooding in five provinces of Lao People’s Republic. Initially, rains affected the provinces of Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Saravan and Sayabouri on 11 to 18 August. As conditions began to improve, a week later there followed more rains fuelled by effects of Tropical Strom Dianmu, mainly affecting the province of Xiangkhouang.
According to information consolidated by the Lao RC, at least 19,306 people (10,438 males and 8,868 females) have been affected, with five casualties reported thus far. The largest number of affected population is in Oudomxay province. In addition, a joint assessment was convened by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare with other ministries and was conducted in the province of Oudomxay.
In some sections of Oudomxay and Xiangkhouang provinces, heavy rains caused localized landslides – in addition to flooding – with flooding also affecting some roads, slowing down the access to the impacted areas. As such access to remote communities and the poor road conditions were projected to present challenges for the operation.
The assessment report provided on Monday 29 August 2016 included the following numbers for Oudomxay province only, confirming the relevance of the LRC geographic targeting (the most affected area).