Borikhamxay flood victims in need of emergency aid

Published on July 15, 2013

Flood victims in Borikhan district, Borikhamxay province, urgently need rice and drinking water after flooding affected more than 1,500 families in 11 villages. The provincial health sector is sending a medical team to provide healthcare support to each village after the floodwater recedes.

Borikhamxay provincial Labour and Social Welfare Department has asked for assistance from government agencies and the private sector. Requesting as floodwaters swept away livestock, flooded rice barns, inundated croplands, hospitals and schools and washed out several sections of road, according to local authorities. Fortunately, there have been no reports of death or injury.

The provincial Red Cross, World Vision and other international relief organisations are waiting for detailed information on the extent of the damage from district authorities before delivering supplies. Many people have already returned to their homes but still require assistance, especially with rice and drinking water, because their rice barns and drinking water sources were damaged by the floods.

Heavy rain last weekend also caused the Nam Xedon river to rise rapidly, overflow its banks and flood some houses and farmland in Khongxedon district, Saravan province, but there have been no reports of damage from the district authorities.

According to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department, Rainfall is widespread throughout the country, with heavy rain forecast for some areas and isolated showers and drizzle in others. The provincial governor is planning to approve funding to help the flood victims but has not adjusted the budget yet.

Source: LNTV Lao News in English