Laos: Tropical Storm Noul causes havoc in the south


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  • Sunday, 20 Sep 2020

VIENTIANE, Sept 20 (The Vientiane Times/ANN): Storm Noul hit southern Laos since Friday (Sept 18) after passing through Vietnam, bringing heavy rain and flooding to many areas.

In Xekong province, the main road in Ta-oy district was flooded, causing problems for traffic.

A local official said “Livestock was moved to higher ground after we received forecasts of the storm but the rain flooded rice fields and other cropland, nd affected people’s property. We are currently assessing the extent of and the cost of the damage caused.”

The Xe-kaman 3 hydropower plant, which is located in Dakcheung district, Xekong province, began releasing water on Friday in order to regulate the water level in the reservoir, discharging 30-100 cubic metres per second.

The Meteorology and Hydrology Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, issued a weather alert on Friday to warn local authorities about the approaching storm so they could take steps to prevent flooding.

In Champassak province, water that collected after torrential rain flooded parts of Pakxe city when drains were unable to cope with the deluge.

Strong winds toppled trees, electricity poles and power lines in parts of Saravan, Champassak and Xekong provinces.

The Meteorology and Hydrology Department warned that the remains of Tropical Storm Noul could pass over Laos on Friday and Saturday (Sept 19).

The storm passed over Vietnam on Thursday and tracked towards the south of Laos before weakening to a tropical depression, bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

On Saturday (Sept 19), the government advised peopl of Laos to listen out for weather forecasts, especially in Vientiane and the provinces of Huaphan, Xieng Khuang, Bokeo, Luang Prabang, Xayaboury, Vientiane, Xaysomboun, Borikhamxay, Khammuan, Savannakhet, Saravan, Champassak, Xekong, and Attapeu.

Forecasters warned of landslides in mountainous areas and advised people to move their belongings and livestock to higher ground. - Vientiane Times/Asian News Network
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