• Crisis Severity ?
     
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    2.1
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
     
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    2.4
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    1.0
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Overview

10/05/2019

Tropical Cyclone PODUL and Tropical Depression KAJIKI hit Laos on 29 August and 2 September causing flooding across six out of 18 provinces. Champassak province in the southwest has been worst hit.  Preliminary estimates suggest that floods affected some 661,000 people and displaced 40,000 people as of 12 September. At least 18 people have been killed. ?

Roads and bridges are heavily damaged hampering humanitarian access to some of the affected areas. Authorities are reportedly lacking boats and helicopters to reach people in flood inundated areas. ? Floodwaters affected over 600 schools and 46 health centres. With over 274,700 hectares of farmland lost and nearly 575,000 livestock affected, people are likely to need food security and livelihood assistance. ?

Laos’ rainy season typically lasts from May to October. This year, the start of the rainy season was delayed following a prolonged drought affecting the Mekong river region. Drought conditions are thought to have worsened the floods. ?