Flood Aid Reaches Worst-hit Families in Lao PDR

Disaster Risk Reduction, Migration and Climate Change, Migration and Environment

Lao People’s Democratic Republic - Flood affected families in isolated villages in central Lao PDR have received much needed relief supplies from the US Embassy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and World Vision International Lao PDR, in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare.
Residents of Bolikhamxay Province were inundated by the recent flooding in Paksan and Bolikhan Districts.
“The water came spilling over the river into my village and flooded the village. All of the 365 people in the village went to higher places. At its highest level, the water was about five metres above our village. It lasted for three days and now the village is accessible by road again. Still, all the rice fields and crops were damaged and some animals were lost. We still need support to recover from this disaster,” said Viengkham Lorvanxay, head of the village Women’s Union.
Houses and latrines were also damaged, with many households needing tarpaulins to cover damaged areas, and large containers where families can store their supplies.
“We supported 246 households (1,257 people) with hygiene kits, mosquito nets, shelter materials and kitchen equipment. These kits are enabling better sanitation and protection for these vulnerable households.  With these items, we are helping people to rebuild their lives in a way that makes them stronger for the future,” said Kingsada Sengsavang, Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Coordinator of World Vision International Lao PDR.
World Vision International Lao PDR procured these essential household items with USD 20,000 provided by the US Government and facilitated through IOM’s Disaster Response Training Project.
IOM Vientiane Head of Office, Doug Foskett, said IOM was “very pleased to be involved in assisting the flood victims get back on their feet after this setback.”  He noted the way the three organizations had worked together “showed what could be achieved through efficient cooperation and a shared focus alongside our Government partners.”
The equipment was distributed to the flood-affected families by officials from the US Embassy, IOM and World Vision, with the support of the Department of Social Welfare.
For further information please contact Douglas Foskett, IOM Lao, Tel: + 856 021 267 730 - Email: dfoskett@iom.int