Storm causes disruption in the south

Storm Noul hit southern Laos on Friday after passing through Vietnam, bringing heavy rain and flooding to many areas. In Xekong province, the main road in Ta-oy district was flooded on Friday, causing problems for traffic.

A local official said “Livestock was moved to higher ground after we received forecasts of the storm but the rain flooded rice fields and other cropland, and affected people’s property. We are currently assessing the extent of and the cost of the damage caused.”

The Xe-kaman 3 hydropower plant, which is located in Dakcheung district, Xekong province, began releasing water on Friday in order to regulate the water level in the reservoir, discharging 30-100 cubic metres per second.

The Meteorology and Hydrology Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, issued a weather alert on Friday to warn local authorities about the approaching storm so they could take steps to prevent flooding.

In Champassak province, water that collected after torrential rain flooded parts of Pakxe city when drains were unable to cope with the deluge.

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