What are your thoughts on the assistance offered by foreign countries and international organisations to flood victims in Attapeu?

Many countries and international groups have provided help to people affected by the devastating flood in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province. This assistance includes rescue teams, money, food, essential items and other relief supplies. Vientiane Times asked some members of the public for their opinions on this generous outpouring of aid.

Ms Somphavanh Bounmasaeng, a businesswoman in Xaythany district, Vientiane: I’m very thankful for the kindness of foreign countries that have provided assistance to flood victims. As we all know, the recent flood in Attapeu is the biggest ever to hit Laos. Several thousand families are homeless and more than 100 people are still missing. It’s most important to search for the missing people quickly and Laos doesn’t have enough resources to do that. I would like to give a million thanks to all groups, both in Laos and other countries, for their help to the flood victims, not only in Attapeu but in other provinces around the country.

Mr Sonephet, a government official in Sisattanak district, Vientiane: I’ve heard about the assistance provided by various groups, friendly countries and international organisations. I’m pleased that many countries are assisting us with funding, donations of materials, and rescue teams to search for missing people. On behalf of all Lao people, I would like to thank all the countries that have provided assistance. I would also like to call on the authorities to be transparent in providing compensation for flood victims, not only in Attapeu, but for people who have lost homes or land in other parts of the country.
Ms Phouthong Chanthavong, an official in Xaythany district, Vientiane: When I heard the news of the terrible flood, I was very upset. It’s a dreadful disaster and lots of people in Laos along with other countries and international organisations are helping the flood victims. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those in Laos, as well as the governments and people of foreign countries, together with international organisations, for their continuing support and assistance in the search, rescue and relief efforts in Attapeu. I would like to ask everyone to continue to provide assistance so that people who are suffering have hope and do not feel they have been abandoned.

Ms Touktar Iembanha, a student from Xaysettha district, Vientiane: Assistance to victims and the search for missing people is continuing even though it’s very difficult to reach some areas. The conditions are very challenging because although the floodwater has receded the mud is deep in many places. But I believe we will probably find all the people who are missing. Some foreign rescue teams have now ended their missions and returned home, and I would like to thank all of them for their help as well as the governments and people of foreign countries for providing food, materials and money for flood victims. In addition, I pray that all those working in the area will be able to surmount any obstacles they encounter and continue to support those people who are struggling in very difficult circumstances.

Ms Souksavanh Keovongkod, a student from Vientiane province: I don’t know how many countries have provided assistance for the relief effort but I am delighted with the unity and cooperation shown by friendly foreign countries in helping the flood victims. I don’t know how to express my thanks, but I believe that all those who have been displaced by the flood will receive help and be able to return to their normal lives through the generous donations that have been supplied.

By Lamphone Pasanthong
(Latest Update August 04, 2018)

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