Mr Vilayphong Sisomvang, Acting Director, Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare gives an interview to journalists about flood in southern Laos on Sep 8, 2019

(KPL) More than 122,800 households in six southern provinces have been affected by recent flood with 14 deaths, according to the National Disaster Prevention and Control Committee.

The six provinces include Khammuan, Savannakhet, Saravan, Champassak and Attapeu.

Five deaths have been reported in Champassak, four in Attapeu, three in Savannakhet, and two in Saravan.

“The flooding has resulted from several days of heavy rainfall. The disaster has caused damages to more than 139, 800 ha of rice fields,” said Mr Vilayphong Sisomvang, Acting Director, Department of Social Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.

The provincial ad-hoc committee has been established and is currently inspecting the affected areas.  Rice, medicine, and other daily necessities have been donated to flood victims. Yet drinking water is still much needed by flood victims.

“Authorities have moved affected people and their property, daily necessities, as well as animals to higher and safe areas,” Mr Vilayphong said.

Last week Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith presented 1.3 billion kip as an initial relief aid to flood hit provinces.

KPL