Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam – Floods Leave Over 40 Dead, Dozens Missing as Storm ‘Nangka’ Approaches

At least 1 person has died and 3 are missing after flooding in Laos since 07 October. Almost 8,000 people have been displaced. Meanwhile the flood situation continues in neighbouring Vietnam and Cambodia, with 45 fatalities reported and dozens missing.


Flooding struck in the southern provinces of Sekong and Savannakhet in Loas from around 07 October 2020.

One person died and 3 are missing after flooding in Kaleum district of Sekong. Around 250 people from 50 households have been affected.

Flooding has been reported in 52 villages in 8 districts of Savannakhet Province. Over 10,000 people have been affected and 7,539 displaced after flooding damaged hundreds of homes as well as roads, bridges, crops and livestock.


In Cambodia, state media report at least 16 fatalities due to flooding that has affected the country since the start of October.

According to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), flooding has now affected 19 provinces, in particular Pursat, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Pailin.

As of 13 October. AHA said almost 140,000 people had been affected, 9,072 people displaced and around 35,000 homes flooded.

Media report that over 1,600 inmates were evacuated from a prison Banteay Meanchey on 13 October after a prison building flooded.


Flooding has affected central parts of Vietnam since early October. Some areas of Qang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces saw over 1.5 metres of rain in a period from 05 to 11 October.

Disaster authorities in Vietnam reported further heavy rain since Tropical Storm Linfa made landfall on 11 October.

Hot on the heels of Storm Linfa, Tropical Storm Nangka is moving over the South China Sea towards Vietnam and is expected to bring further heavy rainfall of up to 400 mm in northern and central areas from 14 to 16 October.

As of 13 October, media reported 29 people had died and 12 were missing. Flooding has damaged over 130,000 homes across central parts of the country.

In a recent development, at least 10 construction workers were thought to be missing after a landslide at the site of a hydropower dam project in Phong Dien District, Thua Thien Hue province. Search and rescue teams deployed to the remote area were themselves struck by disaster after a further landslide. As of 13 October, at least 13 members of the SAR team were also thought to be missing, according to state media.