Attapeu province’s governor stressed that unless more assistant received, Lao people living in Attapeu province, who are victims of Typhoon Ketsana will not be able to survive.
Mr. Sinay, Mianglavanh, governor of Attapeu province in Southern Laos, last week stressed that people in his province who have been affected by Typhoon Ketsana, which passed through the southern part of Laos during September 30 and October 02, need urgent, comprehensive and sufficient assistance to enable them to recover from the loss and to regain their normal life.This is because houses, households, cultivated lands and equipments of these people, especially those of whom living in 4 districts, Samakhixay, Sanamxay, Saysetha, and Phouvong have been damaged. Particularly, over 90% of their lands were flooded and over 1,000 families are homeless, while all communication system was completely cut off.
The Lao National Red Cross reported that there had been as many as 24 deaths, in which 17 of them were the Vietnamese workers working in Sekaman III hydro electric dam in Attapue province. Moreover, based on information collected from the local people, Lao officials reported that there have been 20 people missing.
And, according to CARE International, an NGO that provides aid to victims of this storm, there has been over 25,000 people lost their houses, rice fields, domestic animals, and other types of property.
Given this difficult situation, Lao government call for help from a wide range of sectors and parties, and the U.S. embassy in Vientiane, earlier in this month, provided $50,000 as a primary relief aid to these victims via the International Red Cross.
Songrit Pongern reported from Bangkok on 06 OCt., 2009. (English translation by Buasawan Simmala)