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Rapid Response Fund Payment Request No. 13/2013
Funds Sent To: Lutheran World Federation, Laos PDR
Amount Sent: US$ 49,161
Date: 20 September 2013
Details of Response
Emergency: Floods in Oudomxay province of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)
Date of Emergency: 22 August 2013
ACT Requesting Member: Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
I. NARRATIVE SUMMARY DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY
Unusual heavy rains started to fall since June in Northern and Central parts of the Lao PDR. Severe rainfall continued in the month of August, which affected seven provinces of Lao PDR and created widespread flooding. Among the seven affected provinces, Oudomxay province is the worst affected followed by Xayabouly. Out of the total affected 180 villages, 23 are worst hit. According to preliminary information 9,600 families (76,000 people) have been affected of which 26,880 are displaced due to the flooding.
In Oudomxay province, 17 people have been killed since 20 August, when a tropical storm swept through the province causing heavy damages in all seven districts. The deputy Governor informed Vientiane Times that over 9.600 people and 30 villages were affected by the consequent flooding and landslides. Nearly 60 houses have been destroyed; roads and a further100 houses have been damaged. The damaged infrastructure includes irrigation systems, roads, bridges, agriculture equipment, crops and livestock. Six primary and secondary schools were swept away causing approximately 500 students to be out of schools. A material loss of approximately 38 million USD is estimated.
ACTIONS TO DATE, AND EMERGENCY NEEDS
From the onset of the crisis, the Government of the Lao PDR, through its provincial and local administration, has taken the lead in the flood response with support from the Lao Red Cross and from public and private sector donors. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is providing regular updates and coordinating with humanitarian agencies, regional partners and donors to mobilize support for the government’s emergency response. The government has also provided assistance equivalent to 37.78 million USD for 1,722 people considered as worst affected in Oudomxay.
Some humanitarian agencies (UN and INGOs) have also mobilized their limited internal resources to meet the most immediate needs and are seeking additional resources to widen their support. Upon requests from the government and local authorities, LWF has also contributed approximately USD 2.600 for immediate assistance to flood affected people during early days of the emergency to meet their dire needs and in process of seeking other resources.
In view of the flood disaster and while rapid assessments are currently being conducted by the government, the following food/non food items, emergency shelter and hygiene kits are urgently required for saving the lives of the people.
PROPOSED EMERGENCY RESPONSE OVERALL GOAL:
The goal of the proposed emergency response is to reduce the suffering of the most vulnerable and flood affected families in the target area and help them getting back on their feet by providing for the most basic needs of food, non food items and temporary shelter materials.
OBJECTIVE(S) OF THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE:
• To improve access to basic food for 1,200 individuals (150 families) of the worst affected Beng and Xay districts of Oudamxay province
• To improve access to NFI for 150 worst affected families in targeted two districts
• To improve the living conditions of 150 affected families through provision of temporary shelter materials distribution
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