The second meeting between the cabinet and provincial governors has focused its discussion on flood situation and actions taken in response to the disasters as 17 provinces and Vientiane Capital have encountered flooding since July.
Prior to the official opening of the meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, his cabinet members and provincial governors, took a moment of silence to pay respect to those who have lost their lives in disasters across the country.
Since mid July, flooding has posed impacts on people’s lives and property and caused damages to socio-economic infrastructure and environment in 17 provinces and Vientiane Capital, according to Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Khampheng Xaysompheng.
The disasters have affected 131,507 families in 2,409 villages of 115 districts across the country. The disasters have claimed 55 people’s lives and left 100 people missing and 2 injured.
Among the 55 deaths, 40 were reported in Attapeu, 10 in Luang Prabang, four in Xieng Khuang and one in Bolikhamxay.
The disasters have caused a loss of more than 631 billion kip for basic infrastructure, 25 billion kip for power system, 12.5 billion kip for people’s residential property and 1.2 billion kip for the agriculture and forestry sector.
Damage caused by the disasters for the education and health sectors has been yet to be estimated, according Mr Khampheng Xaysompheg, who is also Chairman of the National Committee on Disaster Management.
The two-day meeting also focused its discussion on the implementation of the socio-economic development plan and the state budget plan over the past eight months and the midterm implementation of the 8th five-year socio-economic development plan over the past three years.
Source: Lao News Agency