Thousands flee homes after Noru triggers floods

  • Laos
  • Friday, 30 Sep 2022

TYPHOON Noru, which has weakened and been downgraded to a tropical storm, has made landfall in Laos and caused flooding in southern Laos’ Attapeu province.

The weather bureau of Laos warned on Wednesday that there would be more heavy rains and flooding in other areas.

According to a report by the Lao National Radio, a large number of people had been affected by the storm and some 300 houses were believed to have been inundated in Sanxay district in Attapeu province, some 560km southeast of the capital Vientiane, but full reports on the situation were still being compiled.

Noru reached Laos on Wednesday and local authorities were trying to assist those whose homes had been flooded.

At least 2,000 people had taken refuge in shelters and had moved away from the swollen rivers, said the report.

Flooding had also destroyed fishponds and damaged irrigation systems, schools, power lines, healthcare facilities, roads and other infrastructure. — Xinhua

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