Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) is a Southeast Asian country with a population of some 6.8 million people, living predominantly in remote rural areas.? As a result, communities in these hard-to-reach areas face challenges in accessing basic services.?
The monsoon season (May-September) leaves Laos vulnerable to storms and typhoons that cause severe flooding. In 2013, five major monsoon storms hit the country, with 12 out 17 provinces affected by severe floods.? In 2018, tropical storms Sontinh and Bebinca, and sustained heavy rainfall during July-September affected more than 648,000 people (133,405 households), and caused extensive damage to crop fields, roads and infrastructure. The most affected provinces were Attapeu, Khammouane, Savannakhet, Champasak and Oudomxay.?
For 2019, INFORM rated the risk of humanitarian crisis in Laos as medium, at 4.2/10.?