August 10, 2018

Steps taken to investigate dam failure 

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All generous people, who wish to donate money to the floodedvictims in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, can transfer it via the BCEL's bank account of the Fund Assistance to Disaster Victims, Ministry of Labour and Social WelfareKip: 010-110-001-508-937-001Baht: 010-110-201-508-937-001US$: 010-110-101-508-937-001Swift Code: COEBLALA For more information:+856-20 556-224-77+856-20 222-385-55 +856-20 222-193-55 +856-20 995-428-69 Another way is people can donate money easily on the BCEL One Heart in BCEL One application.

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The expansion of the Vientiane International Airport passenger terminal, supported by the government of Japan, is now complete after 32 months of construction.
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- Ministry offers scholarships to flood-affected students 
Impoverished students affected by the flooding in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, will be eligible for scholarships under the education policy for flood victims. The Ministry of Education and Sports recently said it would provide scholarships for flood victims in Sanamxay district, although the Department of Higher Education does not know how many students require financial support... More >>>

- Steps taken to investigate dam failure 
Two committees have been set up to carry out an investigation into the reason for the collapse of a hydropower dam in Attapeu province, as well as the responsibilities of the officials in charge. The fracture of saddle dam D, one of five auxiliary dams at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project, resulted in massive flooding on July 23 which has killed 35 people with 99 still missing. Thousands more have been left homeless.. More >>>

- Military flies in supplies for Attapeu flood victims
Sanamxay district, Attapeu province: Military personnel are continuing to deliver food, drinking water, clothes, medicines and other supplies by helicopter to two temporary accommodation centres here, as trucks are unable to access the area. Temporary accommodation centres have been set up in Dongbak, Hadyao, Donbok, Pindong and Tamoyoth villages but so far helicopters have only been able to deliver supplies to Pindong and Tamoyoth. Flights are also being delayed due to rainfall. . More >>>

- Reality on Unsettled Border Areas between Laos and Cambodia

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- Authorities crack down on wildlife trade
Authorities in Savannakhet seized 80 protected and endangered animals, estimated to be worth 26 million kip, while they were being illegally transported to Vietnam. The incident showed the illicit trade in wildlife is flourishing despite concerted efforts by authorities to crack down on it through regular inspections at markets and border checkpoints around the country... More >>>

- Media must deliver better quality news: senior official
Media personnel should double their efforts to improve standards and cooperate with other countries to ensure news reports are delivered more quickly and accurately, and incorporate a modern approach, a top official has said. Authorities should take steps to improve quality and publish more detailed reports, as well as use modern technology in providing information to the public, ... More >>>

- Join forces to promote breastfeeding: Women’s Union
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Medical teams beef up field coordination in Sanamxay
It has been a week since World Health Organisation (WHO) Field Incident Manager Dr Reiko Tsuyuoka arrived in Attapeu province to support the Ministry of Health with field coordination. . .. More >>>


Rice fields sprout fishing rods as villagers hunt frogs

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National heroine proud to serve national development effort 
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Tree planting project yields improved living standards
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Ballet performance part of Singapore National Day celebrations 
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Memories are all that remain for some flood victims
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