Thursday, August 9, 2018

ເລາະລຸຍລາວ Episode 1

In this episode, explore Laos, the life, food, and Mekong River.  Video is in Lao language.

A former king brought back to life

Another incredible colorization by S. Phormma. This time it's for Lao King Oun Kham, former ruler of Luangprabang, who last ruled in 1894.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Attapeu victims to be compensated USD$59 per family

Ms. Baikham Khathiya, Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, stated that 500,000 kip (approx. USD$59) will be given to each family affected by the Attapeu flood. 
Credit:  Lao Economic Daily via Facebook, Aug 1 2018

Dams of Serendipity

By:, August 8, 2018

It's serendipitous that at the beginning of July, the UNDP, in collaboration with the EU and the Lao Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, ran a training on Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) as part of its capacity building program to strengthen resilience to disasters and to ensure proper recovery efforts.

UNDP PDNA Training
Credit:  UNDP Lao

The timing and the information in that week long course could not have been more on point, as fast forward to July 24, when the dam in Attapeu collapsed causing a massive flood that affected thousands of people, putting the new training into good use.