200 houses in Laos were damaged by storm

VIENTIANE: Around 200 houses in two districts in northwest of Laos' Vientiane province have been damaged by a storm.

The storm swept across Phonhong and Viengkham districts in Vientiane province, some 70 km northwest of Laos capital Vientiane, according to local authorities on Tuesday (March 24).

Local daily Vientiane Times on Tuesday quoted District Governor of Phonhong district, Sompasong Souvongkhamchanh told that the storm passed through many villages in the area on Saturday evening.

"According to initial inspections, about 100-200 houses and over 10 schools in Phonhong suffered severe damage. Roofs were torn off, and other structures were blown to the ground," he said.

"Authorities are now assessing the damage and surveying the damage in their communities," said Sompasong.

On this occasion, there were no reports of injury, he added.

District Governor of Viengkham district, Phonkeo Khounphon said many villages in the area were also affected by the large storm and authorities were now surveying the damage.

According to the daily weather report from the Meteorology and Hydrology Department under Lao Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on Monday, many regions are forecast to receive light rain.

The sector warned the public to monitor local news stations for weather updates. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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