Disasters and emergency response

Disaster preparedness and emergency response policy and administration

Govt prepares to tackle weather emergencies in rainy season

The National Disaster Management Committee is preparing to respond to emergencies caused by heavy rainfall through the prompt provision of assistance and subsequent recovery. Numerous countries around the world including Laos suffer from weather extremes such as floods and earthquakes as well as crop pests and ...

Phomphong Laoin

Thai, Cambodia, Vietnam Ambassadors Urge ASEAN, US support for Mekong Management

The ambassadors of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia have called for greater support from the U.S. and the ASEAN regional bloc to address urgent environmental threats to the Mekong River. They also emphasized the need for improved water data sharing by all countries on the river, ...

Seourn Vathana, VOA Khmer

Housing for southern Lao flood victims to be complete in 2021

Some 496 of 700 planned new homes have been completed for flood victims in southern Laos’ Attapeu province, and will be ready for residents in 2021. According to daily Vientiane Times, 496 new homes have now been built for victims of the flood caused by the ...

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Asean nations urged to bolster response to pandemic

Laos has pushed for the relevant bodies in Asean countries to accelerate implementation of the Asean initiative to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and keep the virus in check. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Saleumxay Kommasith delivered the message on Thursday when he headed a Lao ...

Times Reporters

Typhoon Vamco strikes Vietnam and the Philippines, showing force of climate crisis

On November 15, Typhoon Vamco struck the coast of central Vietnam with gusts topping 100 kilometers per hour, becoming the latest in a string of storms to hit the country in recent weeks. Following months of harsh drought, the storms have caused widespread flooding and landslides, displacing ...

Editorial

After Mekong Data Deal, Experts Call for More Upstream Information, Transparency

While welcoming China’s decision to share hydrological data with Mekong nations, experts said the next step would be to expand the information shared and to make this data accessible to citizens and communities who most need it. The Mekong River Commission (MRC) and China’s Water Resource ...

Aun Chhengpor/VOA Khmer

Cabinet okays Mekong MOUs

The cabinet has approved two draft memorandums of understanding (MOU) that will set in motion the effective management of water resources for countries connected to the Mekong River, says the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR). The MOUs will establish international cooperation under the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation ...

MONGKOL BANGPRAPA

Anti-flood projects should be carried out synchronously: HCMC Party Chief

Mr. Nen made the statement at a yesterday meeting between the delegation of the city Party Committee, the People’s Committee and the Department of Construction.   According to HCMC Party Chief Nguyen Van Nen, city authorities have found the best solutions for anti-flooding program for years and ...

Quoc Hung - Translated by Anh Quan

China commits to share year-round water data with Mekong River Commission

China on Thursday signed an agreement with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to share year-round data on the flow of its portion of the vital waterway amid concern that Chinese dams may be causing drought downstream in Southeast Asia. A push for more data from China’s ...

Reporting by Kay Johnson; Editing by Ed Davies, Martin Petty

US claims China’s ‘manipulation’ of Mekong is ‘urgent challenge’ for Southeast Asia

A senior US diplomat on Thursday said China’s “manipulation” of water flows in the Mekong River – currently at record lows – was an immediate challenge to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, signalling the issue could be on the agenda in a regional forum ...

Bhavan Jaipragas

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