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Landslide and flash flood in Udomxay province
Geneva, 17 September 2013
1. Brief description of the emergency and impact
On early morning of 22 August 2013, the worst landslide and flash floods, in decades, occurred in five districts (Beng, Xay, Houn, Gna and Lar districts) of Udomxay province which is next to LWF working province. The continuous rainfall caused numerous landslides and flash floods across mountainous areas of the region . So far, 17 people have been killed. Total 44 schools have been affected and one completely destroyed.
2. Why is an ACT response needed?
As per the government report, approximately 10 thousand people have been affected by the disaster especially women and children. The affected population lacks clean drinking water, sufficient basic food, weather proof shelters, medical services etc. Linking roads from one district to other have been damaged. Schools are not opened due to lack of class rooms since many schools are washed away. People are living without electricity which has also limited the communication to outside community. Many crops and livestock were damaged. Flood water has also caused poor sanitation which can lead to disease outbreak such as cholera and malaria. The government has estimated a loss of 38 million USD by the disaster. The government is requesting 223 MT of rice from the ASEAN emergency rice reserve to cover the needs of 5,000 of the 50,000 people in need of the food assistance for the next three months
3. National and international response
Government of Laos has been working efficiently. They have deployed 500 national army personnel to clear debris and build temporary shelters. The provincial government has also provided some assistance for roofing sheets and dry food and clean drinking water, sanitary items, mosquito net. So far Laos Red Cross and other local companies have committed to provide food, cloths, blankets and roofing sheets. A medical team from capital has arrived to treat the affected people. However, all the assistance provided/committed is still not adequate to save the lives of the people.
4. ACT Alliance response
NCA and LWF are the two ACT members working in Laos. LWF has received a formal request from government to provide assistance to affected people. However, NCA reported that they have not yet received such request from the government, hence no response plan from them as of now. NCA and LWF have discussed this issue and agreed that LWF will send an alert to ACT Secretariat and followed by RRF request.
5. Planned activities
Based on the needs of the affected people, LWF wants to assist them for food/non food items, WASH and temporary shelter for immediate relief. Since the affected population needs life saving one time support, LWF will come up with a RRF request.
LWF in Laos is newly established, a small country program. The staffs also lack proper skills for emergency response. However, this capacity gap will be met by deploying LWF emergency hub staff stationed in Kathmandu Nepal.
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