Landslides kill 16 in Laos

Landslides kill 16 in Laos

Source: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:40 PM

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Author: Plan UK

At least 16 people have died after torrential rain caused landslides to swamp six villages in Laos, reports children’s charity Plan International.

More than 1,700 people have been affected, 38 homes have been washed away and dozens of rice storage huts have been destroyed.

Many roads in Oudomxay province, in the north of the country, are understood to be impassable.

It is not known how many people are missing or have been injured, but aid workers from Plan International have been deployed to conduct a rapid assessment.

“Laos does not often experience large natural disasters, but large storms and heavy rains often have a devastating impact on poor communities,” says Plan’s country director in Laos, Mona Girgis.

“Plan is prepared to provide support to the Lao government, including water, sanitation, shelter and food security.

“Community-based interventions are necessary to ensure ownership and sustainability,” she says.

It is thought the continuous heavy rains and high rivers could be due to tropical storm Trami, which has already affected the Philippines and neighbouring China.

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