May 03, 2024

Disaster Management in Laos

Title:  Disaster Management Reference Handbook - Lao PDR
By:  Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance - US Department of Defence
Date:  May 2024
Price:  Free

Cover of Disaster Management Reference Handbook - Lao PDR (May 2024)

If you're interested in learning more about disaster management in Laos, this is your document.  It covers several areas including:  hazards and risks, the organizational structure and how it's set up to respond to disasters, as well as, the state of the country's infrastructure and healthcare.

Excerpts from the executive summary:
  • "Lao PDR faces several natural hazards, including floods, landslides, tropical storms, droughts, and earthquakes. Flooding is the most commonly occurring disaster and affects the most people. While flooding is part of the Mekong River’s annual cycle, flooding has become more frequent and intense due to a combination of climate change and damming rivers for hydropower."

  • "Lao PDR is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with various models projecting increased extreme heat and increased flooding risks. The country is already facing rising temperatures, which are projected to continue rising broadly in line with the global average. Increased temperatures will worsen human health and ecosystems, and crops and agricultural livelihoods will be negatively impacted. The trend of rising temperatures coincides with increased urbanization, as more people migrate from rural to urban areas in search of opportunities, leading to increased unplanned urban settlements that will be more vulnerable to extreme heat. Whether in urban or rural areas, people living in poverty are especially vulnerable to climate-related hazards, many of which may be exacerbated by climate change."

  • "Lao PDR is balancing managing disaster and climate risks with promoting economic growth."
Head over to this link to download the document for free:  Download link


  1. Hey! I’m a Lao American and I was wondering if you had certain photocopies of these books:


    I’ve been traveling through Laos and cannot find these anywhere. Please let me know! If you could contact through one of my socials, that would be fantastic.

    @oraiyo on twitter, instagram

    1. I wish there was a source that we could refer you to. But both those books have been out of print for decades. We haven't seen them at any Lao bookstores in years. Of course, if we come across it, we'll put a post up about it here.

    2. Ah, I see, thank you! I had tried finding these books in real life but found your earlier blog sites about it so I wanted to ask. Thank you for responding!