In Laos on July 23, the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam collapsed causing unprecedented floods in neighboring towns, affecting nearly 7,000 people and displacing more than 1,000. With parts of the community still under water, Red Cross workers and first responders are doing everything possible to reach people with lifesaving aid. More than 100 people are missing.
Water levels reached rooftops in some areas and more than 100 homes were damaged, forcing families to seek shelter in local schools and government buildings.
At this phase in the response, the Lao Red Cross is focused on providing immediate emergency assistance. “They are experienced in search and rescue, first aid, and have handled serious flooding in the past,” said Marwan Jilani, Head of the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent (IFRC)’s office in Bangkok. “They are ready to respond to this challenging operation”. Relief efforts continue in close coordination with local officials and the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.
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