Thirty-Seven families in Phonsa-art village, Pakxe district, Champassak province are still living at a school after a thunderstorm and heavy rains flooded their village.
Deputy District Governor of Pakxe district, Champassak province, Khonesavanh Vannivongkham told Vientiane Times yesterday that currently 37 families in Phonsa-art village are living at the school because the village is still flooded.
Tropical Storm Sonca brought thunderstorms and heavy rains to the district from July 25, with 808 families in 22 villages of Pakxe district affected.
The authorities have moved 53 families to schools in the district and some families have moved to live with their relatives but currently the level of water has already decreased and many families have already to return to their houses.
“On this occasion, some 80.5 hectares of the rice fields were affected by flooding. However, the authorities are assessing the damage and surveying the affecting areas,” Khonesavanh said.
Pakxe district authorities are continuing mobilising essential materials, including food, rice, and clothing to help the affected residents. During the flooding, many government sectors and members of the private sector from Champassak and other provinces have provided essential materials, including food, rice, and water.
Meanwhile, 99 families in Nong and Thongdaeng villages of Kaenthao district, Xayboury province were affected by flash floods which damaged 60 houses and caused the deaths of two people.
The damage to property was estimated at 15 billion kip, according to an official in-charge in Kaenthao district. Over 122 hectares of farmland was also damaged by the floods and many roads around district were also damaged.
Recent floods caused by heavy rains in Khamkeuth district of Borikhamxay province also killed a 16-year-old boy and affected 900 families in 43 villages.
The damage to property was estimated at four billion kip, according to an official in-charge of the Natural Resources Office in Khamkeuth district.
The flooded areas included 100 hectares of rice fields, 230 hectares of cassava crops, 114 hectares of maize, 12 hectares of chilli and 103 hectares of peanuts.
In Savannakhet province, some 245 families in eight villages of Xayphouthong district and more than 520 hectares of rice fields were affected by floods and 220 hectares of rice fields were damaged, according to district authorities.
In Saravan province, 30 villages of Vapy district were affected by flash floods and 1,511 hectares of rice field were affected by floods according to provincial authorities.
Also in Khammuan province, over 600 families in 15 villages in Xebangfay district were affected by flooding, according to a local official. Some 1,151 hectares of rice fields were flooded. Many provinces affected by flooding are still assessing damage and surveying flood-affected areas.