Laos issues overflow alert for Mekong communities

Laos’ Xayaboury province is advising people living alongside the Mekong River to prepare for possible flooding, while neighboring Thailand has warned its seven north-eastern provinces to brace for sudden overflows along the river until Thursday.

The Lao province issued the alert following heavy rainfall in recent days, which has seen the level of the Mekong rises.

The Administrative Office in Xayaboury province on Saturday published a notice informing people living upstream and downstream of the Xayaboury run-of-river dam to be prepared for possible flooding and to move their belongings and livestock to higher ground.

The warning was issued following a notice circulated earlier on the same day by the Xayaburi Power Company Limited.

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Vientiane Times/Asia News Network