Death Toll Rises in Floods, Landslides in Laos

The number of dead continues to climb as updated reports come in from remote areas of Laos hit by flooding and landslides in recent weeks, Lao sources say.

In Houaphanh province in eastern Laos, heavy rains last week poured down a mountain into a valley, flooding a small river and slamming into villages nearby, an official of the province’s Labor and Social Welfare Department told RFA’s Lao Service on Thursday.

“We’ve just received reports from district authorities, and the number of deaths in our province now stands at eight,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Of these, two were women and the rest were men.”

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