Source: Vientiane Times
Heavy rain with occasional wind gusts will continue throughout Laos from September 11-17, the Meteorology and Hydrology Department has forecast, as the rainy season remains in full force.
More rain is forecast for Huaphan and Xieng Khuang provinces, where temperatures will range from 19-31 degrees Celsius.
In the northwest, heavy rain with strong winds is likely in parts of Luang Namtha, Bokeo, Oudomxay, Luang Prabang and Xayaboury provinces, where temperatures will range from 23-35C.
The central provinces of Vientiane, Borikhamxay and Khammuan can also expect heavy rain and wind gusts, with an expected temperature range of 23-35. In Xaysomboun province, temperatures will be lower at 19-27C, with rain also expected.
In the south there will be heavy rain and strong winds in some areas of Champassak, Xekong and Attapeu provinces, where temperatures will range from 23-35C.
Vientiane will have thunderstorms and heavy rain, with temperatures ranging from 23-31C.
This means everyone should be prepared for weather extremes and keep track of forecasts, the Meteorology and Hydrology Department warns.
Several villages in Huayxai district, Bokeo province, were flooded following hours of heavy rain on September 10-11, when water cascaded down hillsides and into the Young River, which overflowed its banks, partially submerging riverside dwellings.
Livestock, vehicles and farmland were affected by the flood, and provincial authorities are assessing the extent of the losses. Local residents have now moved their belongings to higher ground, according to Bokeo provincial television.
Provincial officials in Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Xayaboury, Khammuan , and Xekong have advised people living in mountainous areas and along rivers to be prepared for more flooding and landslides.
Provincial committees are being set up to monitor river levels and the possibility of landslides and flooding, and have been instructed to prepare vehicles, equipment, manpower, drinking water, and food for an emergency response in the event of a disaster.
Thailand’s Meteorology Department forecasts that provinces bordering Laos, namely Loei, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom and Khon Kaen, will have scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rain from September 12-13, while winds will be southwesterly at speeds of 10-20 km/hour.
From September 14-18, scattered to fairly widespread thundershowers and isolated heavy rainfall will occur. Minimum temperatures will range from 22-35C and wind speeds will vary from 10-20 km/hour, according to the Thai Meteorology Department’s website.