Southern Lao flood victims receive rice relief from ASEAN+3
The Lao government has obtained 2,221 tons of rice from the ASEAN plus Three (China, Japan, South Korea) Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR+3) for distribution to flood victims in Attapeu province in southern Laos.
Each ASEAN member country has an emergency rice reserve, and the rice stock in Laos is made up of the country"s own grain supplies. The use of rice from the APTERR+3 is part of the agreed cooperation on assistance in cases of natural disaster.
The 2,221 tons provided from the rice reserve will be given to the people of Sanamxay district, who lost their homes and crops during a catastrophic flash flood last July following the collapse of a dam at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower plant, some 560 km southeast of Lao capital Vientiane.
The rice was handed over on last Friday by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Somdy Duangdy, who is a member of the National Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control, to Minister of Labor and Social Welfare Khampheng Saysompheng, local Vientiane Times daily reported on Tuesday.
The Lao government requested the rice from APTERR+3 to help people in Sanamxay district, many of whom still lack basic necessities.