Laos braces for Tropical storm Saudel as it receives law enforcement vehicles assistance from China


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VIENTIANE, Oct 25: Tropical storm Saudel could hit southern Laos on Sunday as it makes its way from Danang, Vietnam; according to Laotian Times.

AAs stated in a report by CNA News, tropical storm Saudel now threatens Vietnam after lashing the Philippines.

The storm is expected to move from Vietnam to southern Laos where it may hit Savannakhet province, an area already inundated after flash floods.

Heavy rainfall and strong winds are forecast across the southern provinces on Oct 25 and Oct 26.

Tropical storm Saudel formed over the Pacific Ocean, moving from the Philippines, before reaching Vietnam yesterday.

Laos has already suffered major flooding in the aftermath of tropical storms Linfa and Nangka, which hit Laos last week.

Villages near the Xepon and Xebanghieng rivers in Savannakhet Province were hit by flash flooding amid torrential rains last week with a number of households affected.

Meanwhile, Xinhua reports the Lao Ministry of Public Security has received the law enforcement vehicles in assistance provided by its Chinese counterpart.

At a handover ceremony held in the capital city Vientiane on Friday, Chinese Ambassador to Laos Jiang Zaidong said that China-Laos law enforcement and security cooperation is an important part of bilateral relations, expressing hope that the law enforcement vehicles will help improve the capacity building of the Lao ministry.

Jiang said he believes that the cooperation between the two public security ministries will make further progress, contributing to building a community of shared future between China and Laos.

Vilay Lakhamfong, member of the Secretariat of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee and Minister of Public Security, said that the two ministries have always supported and helped each other, and the support from China's Ministry of Public Security in various forms including material assistance and personnel training has helped boost the capability of Lao law enforcement personnel.

According to him, the Lao Ministry of Public Security is willing to deepen cooperation with the Chinese side, including on jointly cracking down on crime including cross-border gambling.

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