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Typhoon, tropical storm tracking towards Laos

The north and central regions of the country have been put on alert for heavy downpours after weather forecasters warned that Typhoon Mangkhut and Tropical Storm Barijat are expected to pass over Laos from September 17-18.
Areas at high risk of damage from storm activity include the capital and the provinces of Phongsaly, Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Oudomxay, Huaphan, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang, Xaysomboun, Xayaboury, Vientiane, Borikhamxay, Khammuan and Savannakhet.
The weather alert was issued by the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.
Typhoon Mangkhut is now causing widespread damage in the Philippines and is on course to hit China from September 16-17.
The storm is heading westward at a speed of 20 kilometres per hour and could cross Vietnam and north and central regions of Laos.
If it reaches Laos, the impact of the storm could be greater than tropical storms Son-tinh and Bebinca, which caused flooding and extensive damage to property and infrastructure in many provinces.
The department has also warned northern and central regions to be on the alert for Tropical Storm Barijat which is heading westwards at a speed of 15 kilometres per hour.
The storm is making its way towards Laos via the South China Sea and Vietnam from September 12-18, and is expected to arrive in Laos from September 17-18.
The storm could bring heavy downpours and flash floods are possible in at-risk areas, so people should be aware of the impact of the severe conditions, which could cause overflowing rivers and landslides, leading to property damage and livestock losses.
Over the past eight months, Laos has suffered exceptionally heavy rainfall with tropical storms Son-tinh and Bebinca the most recent to lash many areas of the country.
Heavy downpours caused floodwater to inundate dwellings, farmland and other property, while key roads and bridges were damaged in many provinces including Attapeu, Khammuan, Savannakhet, Luang Prabang and Oudomxay.
All regions are advised to listen out for further forecasts issued by the Meteorology and Hydrology Department, so that at-risk areas can prepare for storm activity and take steps to prevent damage.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
September 15,

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