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Khammuan villages under renewed threat of flooding

Villagers living along the Xebangfay River in Khammuan province are facing further flooding after the river has risen to dangerous levels.
The Xebangfay River was measured at 15.10 metres yesterday (August 16), above the danger level of 15 metres in Mahaxay district, and recorded at 20.38 metres, above the danger level of 18.50 metres in the Khuaxe area, which are known bellwether markers in the river’s catchment.
The Meteorology and Hydrology Department predicted that water levels would rise to 15.29 metres and 20.57 metres respectively today (August 17), and to 15.55 and 20.70 metres tomorrow.
Villagers living in low-lying areas along river banks should be alert to the risk of rising waters and the potential threat to their homes, livestock and farmland, the department warned.
Officials in at-risk areas are keeping a close eye on rising water levels.
Last month, the Xebangfay River overflowed following several days of heavy rain causing low-lying areas to be flooded which affected 400 villages in 10 districts of Khammuan.
The water levels in the main rivers including the Xebangfay and Mekong are expected to continue rising as Tropical Storm Bebinca moves across parts of Vietnam and northern Laos from August 16-18.
The weather and water level alert was issued by the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.
The storm could bring heavy downpours and winds with flash floods possible in at-risk areas, including the northern provinces of Phongsaly, Huaphan, Xieng Khuang, Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Luang Prabang and Xayaboury.
Tropical Storm Bebinca is also expected to deliver heavy rain in the country’s central and southern regions, including the capital and the provinces of Vientiane, Xaysomboun, Borikhamxay, Khammuan, Champassak, Saravan, Xekong and Attapeu.
In the capital, officials in at-risk areas have been monitoring the Mekong River level in preparation for storm activity.
The level of the Mekong was recorded at 8.51 metres yesterday, below the danger level.
If the Mekong’s level increases to 11.50 metres in lowland areas of the capital or other extreme weather conditions are forecast, the department will immediately send out warnings.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
August 17,
2018



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