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27 July 2018

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Sanamxay villagers sought safety on the roofs of their houses to escape the flooding following the July 23 dam collapse. Photo: CNN.

IOM Allocates USD 75,000 to Aid Victims of Lao Dam Disaster

Posted on Fri. July 27, 2018​​

Vientiane – As rescue operations continue in villages flooded by the collapse on Monday (23/7) of the vast Saddle Dam D, part of the Xepien – Xenamnoy hydropower project in south-eastern Lao People's Democratic Republic's Attapeu province, IOM has allocated USD 75,000 to kickstart its emergency relief operations in the area. 

According to the Lao authorities, the disaster was triggered by heavy rains across the region brought by Tropical Storm Son-Tinh. The storm affected an estimated 16,256 people in 11 provinces across the country.

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A girl looks into her shelter in an overcrowded displacement site in West Guji, Ethiopia. Photo: IOM/Olivia Headon

More Support Vital for 970,000 Displaced People in Ethiopia's Gedeo, West Guji

Posted on Fri. July 27, 2018​​

Dilla – Roughly 970,000 people have been internally displaced by conflict in Ethiopia’s Gedeo Zone and West Guji in the past four months, the majority in June. With so many people becoming displaced in such a short time period, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and humanitarian partners have been scaling up their presence to provide urgent, live-saving assistance.

IOM is providing shelter assistance and essential aid items, facilitating access to water and sanitation services and raising awareness about hygiene to the displaced populations in both areas, many of whom have found shelter in unfinished buildings or in unhealthy conditions with just a sheet of tarpaulin for protection from the elements.

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