Thirty-seven families in Makhiew village, Pakngum district, Vientiane Capital have received over 300 million kip (almost US$37,000) in compensation for damages and loss to their properties due to the Vientiane Capital Irrigation Development Project.
The handover ceremony for the compensation was held on December 22 between the President of the Vientiane Capital’s People’s Council Mr Anouphub Toulalom, and Chief of Pakngum district Mr Vongdeaun Bounyavong in the presence of local authorities.
There are three projects being undertaken for the management and reduction of risks of natural disasters and drought through the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) including the construction of a National Centre to issue warnings about possible natural disasters, a Flood Embankment Construction Project, and an Irrigation Development Project of Vientiane Capital, said the Head of the Irrigation Development Project of Vientiane Capital, Mr Saikham Phengkhammy.
Those projects were supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and are worth over US$36.5 million, US$24 million of which is a soft loan, he said.
The Irrigation Development Project of Vientiane Capital will also construct irrigation systems in the villages of Sanghuabor (300 hectares) and Dongkwouy (474 hectares), Xaythany district. Once completed, the irrigation systems will feed water to almost 800 hectares for dry season rice production.
Source: Lao News Agency