Disasters and emergency response

Disaster preparedness and emergency response policy and administration

Sustaining the heartbeat of the Mekong Basin

The Mekong has another point of origin: the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. Each year life springs from the lake, mostly in the form of a massive fish population that migrates to the far reaches of the Mekong system both upstream and downstream. This annual ...

Brian Eyler, Courtney Weatherby

Environmental damage continues months after Laos dam collapse

IN July, a hydroelectric dam collapse in Laos released five billion cubic meters of water into surrounding countryside – the equivalent of two million Olympic swimming pools. The resulting flood killed dozens, devastated communities, forced thousands to flee and ripped through areas of protected rainforest. The ...

Dams threaten traditional way of life in Mekong Basin

 Sak Siam, 69, chief of Chnok Tru, a village in central Cambodia, is worried. The floating village of about 1,700 households is located on a tributary of the Mekong River. “The villagers will be unable to survive if the fish catch decreases further,” he said. Hydroelectric ...

Mekong communities urged to organise emergency plans

A COMMUNITIES-LED emergency response plan is being advocated to cope with water hazards and dam disasters on the entire Mekong River Basin, as climate change magnifies the threats of water disasters posed by dams. Local Thai people in seven northeastern provinces along Mekong River gathered ...

Japan partners with ASEAN countries on disaster insurance

Japan will work with Southeast Asian nations like Laos and Myanmar to provide immediate financing after natural disasters so that recovery funds can be quickly distributed. Keep reading   ...

Nikkei staff writers

Mekong River Commission Launches Two Joint Projects to Better Manage the Mekong Basin Resources and Address Flood and Drought Issues

The Mekong River Commission launched two joint projects between Cambodia and Lao PDR, and Cambodia and Thailand to better manage the Mekong basin resources and address flood and drought issues, at a kick-off meeting held yesterday in Vientiane.Keep reading ...

Mekong River Commission

Lower Mekong Initiative Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange

The Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) kicked off the Lower Mekong Initiative Disaster Response Exercise & Exchange (LMI DREE) during an opening ceremony in Hue, Vietnam, Dec. 5, 2017.Keep reading ...

The U.S. Army

Meeting of the Regional Subproject Management Team of SWFDP-Southeast Asia and initial planning meeting of South East Asia Flash Flood Guidance System

The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (RAII-SeA-SWFDP) Regional Sub-project Management Team (RSMT) Meeting; the Southeast Asia Flash Flood Guidance (SEAFFG) System Initial Planning Meeting; and the First Southeast Asia Steering Committee (SEA-SC) Meeting of the project “Building Resilience to High-Impact Hydro meteorological Events through Strengthening ...

Phuong Linh

Việt Nam leader calls for stronger ties at Mekong-Japan, ASEAN-UN summits

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc led a Vietnamese delegation to the 9th Mekong-Japan Summit and the 9th ASEAN-UN Summit that took place in Manila, the Philippines, on Monday. The 9th Mekong-Japan Summit drew leaders of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Việt Nam and Japan. Keep reading  ...

VNS Reporter

ASEAN ministers to meet in Laos to discuss disaster management

The fifth ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management is scheduled to be held in northern Lao city of Luang Prabang with focus on the need to prepare resources in readiness for disasters so as to lessen their impacts. Keep reading ...

Xinhua News Staff

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