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Mr. Kikeo Chanthabouly, Chief of the
Cabinet of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, recently admitted that natural disaster stemming from global warming, such as Typhoon Ketsana,
which struck southern Laos in late September, is one of many
examples of the effects of climate change on Lao people' lives.
Moreover, the severe effect of this kind of natural
disaster sent a ripple impact on the Lao government's poverty
eradication efforts aimed at lifting Lao people out of poverty by 2015, and
releasing Laos from the least-developed country status by 2020, because the disaster cost Laos several hundred billion kips in the efforts to rescue and rehabilitate the
nearly 200 thousand flood victims.
In addition, the Lao
government has to spend a huge chunk of its budget to repair and rebuild damaged infrastructures,
water supply sources, irrigation systems, schools and government offices and buildings, which means it will definitely be more difficult for Laos to reach its goal of
graduating from the least- developed countries' status as planned.
According to statistics
released by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, 26% of all Lao people
still live in dire poverty, with a per capita income of less than $2 per
day. A 2002 survey indicated that 33.5% lived in this
condition then. This means that over the course of seven years, Laos was able to
reduce poverty for only 7.5% of its population due to ineffective
implementation of various development projects aimed at eradicating poverty in
just-ended 2008-2009 fiscal year, the Lao government
reported spent over 296 billion kips, or almost $35 million, to implement various
poverty eradication projects.
Songrit Pongern reported from Bangkok on
November 30, 2009. Listen to Songrit's report for more details in Lao. (English
translation by Buasawan Simmala and Dara Baccam.)