The Lao Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are responding to catastrophic floods that were unleashed following the collapse of a dam in the south-east district of Attapeu.
The Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed on 23 July, after several days of heavy rainfall. More than 5 billion cubic metres of water was released, inundating six villages and affecting nearly 12,000 people. Five people were killed, 34 are missing, and nearly 1,500 people had to be evacuated.
IFRC has launched an appeal for 2.9 million Swiss francs. These resources will allow the Lao Red Cross and IFRC to support 7,500 of the most vulnerable survivors for 18 months, with a focus on health and disease prevention activities, livelihoods and basic needs, disaster risk reduction, and water, sanitation and hygiene support.
Publication date: 27/07/2018
Document status: Final