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Flood hits Borikhamxay province

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Published on Jul 4, 2011

Borikhan district in Borikhamxay province, central Laos, was under water again on Saturday, only a week after flooding first hit the district on June 24.

Flash flooding was reported over the weekend after a period of sustained heavy rain hit the northern provinces causing the Nam Xan River to burst its banks, inundating 31 of the 46 villages in Borikhan district. No deaths or injuries have been reported.

Meanwhile, the Meteorology and Hydrology Department in Vientiane issued a flood warning on Saturday for the Xebangfay River, to keep villagers on alert and ready to move to higher ground if necessary.

Authorities are also concerned about the rising water level in the Mekong which will prolong flooding in areas along its tributaries.

If the Mekong rises to the same level as that of its flooded tributaries, the situation will worsen.

Borikhan district Governor Mr Ken Lormany said if the Mekong continues to rise, flooding will not only occur in Borikhan but also in Paksan district, causing more damage.

"The villagers' biggest need is for clean water, as most of the water delivery system has been damaged. Food, medicines and other basic needs are also needed," he said.

"We are mobilising funds from businesses, friends and the public to help victims."

District Deputy Governor Mr Kongsy Inthipaya said the first flooding occurred on June 24-27, triggered by tropical storm Haima, before subsiding for a few days before the river level rose again on Saturday.

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