After the tropical storm “Yangliu” invaded Laos on the weekend, the floods inundated many areas of Savannakhet and Ganmen provinces, killing one person and destroying large areas of rice fields.
Earlier, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Laos reminded that from August 29 to September 1, 15 provinces should be alert to the storms causing heavy rain and strong winds.
Bounlop Khotlackkham, director of the Labor and Social Welfare Department of Savannakhet Province, told local media on the 2nd that in Savannakhet province, 247 villages in 10 counties were affected by the flood. “According to the preliminary report, 28,273 households were
affected and 36,188 hectares of rice crops were flooded. A 22-year-old man from Atsaphon County drowned after falling into the water.” “Many roads, bridges and irrigation channels are affected and local authorities are assessing flooding Affecting damage in the area.
” Local authorities and members of the Savannakhet Volunteer Rescue Team help people move from flooded and risky areas to higher places.
Bouddy Boupphalasy, head of the Savannakhet Volunteer Rescue Team, said a flash flood occurred in the village of Nakhou in Outhoumphon County. “We rescued more than 10 people.
They were trapped in the paddy huts, holding some trees, and we took them to a safe place.”
Bounchan Xaypanya, director of the Agriculture and Forestry Department of Ganmen Province, said that in Ganmen province, 87 villages in five counties along the Xebangfay River were affected by floods, and more than 5,000 hectares of rice crops were flooded.
At the same time, according to the 2nd warning from the Laos Meteorological and Hydrological Department, residents in the central and southern regions will be prepared to meet the upcoming second storm. People living in the provinces of Ganmon and the south may be affected by another storm on September 3.
The second storm will bring heavy rain to the southern provinces of Laos, and these provinces are still struggling to cope with the earlier floods. People living in low-lying areas of the river should be aware of the possibility of heavy rains, flash floods, landslides and other disasters.