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Landslide claims six lives in Phongsaly

Two parents and four children were killed in a landslide in Phongsaly province early on Sunday occurring after almost two weeks of rainfall. Head of Public Security Office of Samphan district Lieutenant Colonel Houmphaeng Khounsaniamphai told Vientiane Times yesterday that the landslide took place in Phearluang village ...

Locust outbreak spreads further across northern provinces

The yellow-spined bamboo locust outbreak is expanding in northern provinces despite the best efforts of surveillance teams at central and local level to control the insects with chemical spraying. The locust population currently is expanding in 750 locations, involving 309 villages in 24 districts of ...

NA members oppose single-judge court cases

National Assembly members have spoken out against having a solitary judge preside over even the smallest of court cases, which they believe is an easy path to unjust judgments. They took the stance at the debate on the amendment to the Law on the People’s ...

China steps in to help control locust plague

The locust invasion in the north has reached plague proportions and despite a chemical spraying campaign their numbers are continuing to grow in Huaphan, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Phongsaly and Xieng Khuang provinces. In an attempt to stop the pests destroying all crops in their path, ...

China slowdown affects Phongsaly investment

Private sector investment in Phongsaly province in the far north of Laos has witnessed a slowdown since the economic setback in China driving down the prices of several products. The decline in global demand, particularly in China has discouraged entrepreneurs from that country coming to ...

More funding sourced for construction of Phongsaly provincial capital

A total of US$200 million has been sourced through a loan from China to finance construction projects relating to the new Phongsaly provincial capital in Bounneua district in the far north of Laos. Director of the Provincial Department of Planning and Investment Mr Khamlek Chay-isane ...

UNICEF supports education, clean water programmes

UNICEF has provided more than 36 billion kip (US$4.4 million) to fund education and clean water programmes in some 100 targeted schools across the country. The money will be used to finance early childhood education, primary education as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) ...

Phongsaly's charms attracting more visitors

The number of visitors to Phongsaly province is rising steadily, with a significant jump from the more than 82,000 people recorded in 2015 to 103,583 visitors in 2016. The province’s tourism section is confident this trend will continue and is predicting at least 110,000 visitors ...

Laos, Thailand, China, Vietnam pave way for tourism integration

Eleven provinces across four countries in the upper Mekong basin have agreed to join in a development cooperation agreement that will seek sustainable tourism integration across the sub-region and its borders. Officials from these provinces signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the mechanism of their ...

Northern provinces assess efforts to control locust outbreak

Five northern provinces recently reported on their efforts to prevent and control locust outbreaks in the 2015-16 fiscal year, and announced plans to prevent a further invasion this year. The five provinces are Huaphan, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang, Oudomxay and Phongsaly. More than 4,000 hectares ...

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