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LAO Lao People's Democratic Republic
Lao Red Cross (LRC)
The lower Mekong region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam) has been experiencing prolonged heavy rain since 6 October 2020. This is due to the combination of numerous weather systems – the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone combining with cold air as well as tropical storms Linfa and Nangka as well as tropical depression INVEST 94W. The three wind systems made landfall in Viet Nam but brought along heavy rain to the rest of the lower Mekong region. Tropical storm Linfa made landfall on 11 October, tropical storm Nangka made landfall on 14 October whilst tropical depression INVEST 94W made landfall on 16 October. The rainfall brought by the wind systems exacerbated the flooding in Lao PDR and resulted in widespread flooding and landslides in southern Lao PDR. As of 20 October, 9 districts in 3 provinces were affected by the floods. The affected provinces are Salawan, Savannakhet and Sekong.
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