Floods wreak havoc in nation’s north

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Some 125 families in three villages of Baeng district, Oudomxay province have been affected by floods after days of heavy rain, with property damage estimated at over 1 billion kip.

Director of the provincial Labour and Social Welfare Department, Mr Somfong Sengchanthala, told Vientiane Times that flooding on August 17 hit the villages of Nahuay, Huayla and Thakard.

Five houses in Nahuay village were damaged, and many roads around the district were cut off with farmland and livestock also affected. Authorities are providing essential supplies to the affected families and are now assessing the cost of damage to farms.

Initial reports put the property damage at over one billion kip.

Meanwhile, many houses in Nan district, Luang Prabang province, were inundated over the weekend for the second time in recent weeks. Last month, 358 families suffered varying degrees of property damage and 1,722 people in total were affected by floods. Property damage was estimated at over 8.4 billion kip.

It has been calculated that 14.44 hectares of crops and 52.58 hectares of rice were submerged, 638 bags of rice were damaged, and 2,794 poultry and 23 pigs were lost. Two roads, four bridges, five irrigation systems and 28 houses were also damaged.

Authorities are currently assessing the damage to property and farmland following the weekend’s second flood. And in Huaphan province six people are still missing after flash floods and landslides hit Hindam village in Viengxay district on August 3.

The search operation for the six missing is continuing with Lao and Vietnamese authorities cooperating in an attempt to find the victims.

Floods have submerged 98 hectares of rice fields and 15 hectares of other crops, while five houses were damaged. Some 140 fishponds, 18 cattle, other livestock and infrastructure were also affected.

According to initial assessments, the cost of the damage was estimated at 13 billion kip.

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