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Xekong floods wreak havoc, affecting over 5,000 families

Damage to property in four districts of Xekong province has been estimated at over 60 billion kip after more than 5,000 families were affected by recent floods.
Heavy rain lashed the districts of Dakcheung, Lamam, Thataeng and Kaleum, where a total of 5,584 families suffered varying degrees of property damage, according to authorities.
Deputy Director of the province’s Planning and Investment Department, Mr Khampakone Outhenthapanya, said that in July and August rivers burst their banks and flooded local communities.

Some 60 villages containing 5,584 families were affected, while 827.16 hectares of farmland was submerged, 192 fishponds were swamped and 10,529 animals were lost. A total of 24 roads, two bridges, 39 irrigation systems, nine schools, and several electricity poles were damaged.
Local authorities are now providing essential items such as food, rice, drinking water, clothing, and other daily necessities as well as building temporary shelters for people who have been made homeless. The water is now receding and authorities are accelerating efforts to provide assistance.
In Luang Prabang, the floods began on July 18 and have since affected 11 districts. Authorities said about 8,000 people in 124 villages had been affected, with losses estimated at about 57 billion kip.
Floodwater also inundated 11 villages in Thoulakhom district, Vientiane province, where about 1,400 families of 7,000 people have suffered losses.
According to a report from provincial authorities, the floods, which began on August 30, have affected 9,000 buffalo, 30,000 head of cattle, 15,000 pigs, 5,000 goats, and 550,000 chickens.
Some 3 million fingerlings have been lost from 125 flooded fish farms.
In addition, 1,700 hectares of rice fields, 500 hectares of sweetcorn, 268 hectares of cattle pasture, and 500 hectares of other crops were damaged.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry reported that storms flooded low-lying areas in six northern provinces, three central provinces including Vientiane, and two southern provinces, damaging or destroying more than 1 million hectares of crops and fisheries.
Khammuan province was the most badly affected, followed by Savannakhet.
Tropical storm Barijat is forecast to affect northern and central regions of Laos and everyone should be on the alert for heavy rain due to storm activity from September 12-18.
The weather warning has been issued by the Meteorology and Hydrology Department for 13 provinces as the storm makes its way towards Laos via the South China Sea and Vietnam.
Heading westward at a speed of 15 kilometres per hour, the storm is expected to arrive in the capital and the provinces of Phongsaly, Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Oudomxay, Huaphan, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang, Xaysomboun, Xayaboury, Vientiane, Borikhamxay and Khammuan on September 17-18. People in these areas should be aware of the impact of the severe conditions that could cause flash floods, overflowing rivers, and landslides, leading to property damage and livestock losses.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
September 15,

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