Category Archives: breaking news


Foreigners Married to Lao Citizens Now Entitled to Spouse Visa

Foreigner Spouse Marriage Visa

The Government of Laos will now be issuing foreign spouse visas to foreigners who hold a valid Lao certificate of marriage with a Lao citizen.

Until now, the foreign spouses of Lao citizens received no special privileges or entitlements after completing the lengthy marriage process. Those who held a valid Lao …

Store and Conserve Water, Supply Authority Advises

Turbid Water Supply in Vientiane

The rain-swollen Mekong River and its sediments are affecting capacity to meet the daily demand for water in the Lao capital Vientiane and its surrounds, the water supply authority warns.

The State Water Supply Enterprise has called on Vientiane residents to conserve water and consider storing additional supplies for later

Vientiane Capital On Flood Alert

Nakarath City in Chao Anouvong Park Partially Submerged Under Water

Aug 19 – Vientiane Capital authorities are on high alert as they prepare to protect against flooding in some areas of the capital city, after water levels were reported to have risen to 11.2 meters. 11.5 meters is the alarming level while 12.5 meters is considered dangerous.

The Vientiane Capital Authority has requested that the …

Laos Has Not Restricted Foreign Media in Attapeu

Laos has not restricted foreign media

A little more than a week has passed since the collapse of Saddle Dam D at the Xe-Pian Xe-Nam Noy Dam on July 23, and rescuers continue to search for victims of the disaster, while aid has flooded in both domestically and from abroad.

News of the incident has been …

Dam Failure Due to Substandard Construction Says Minister

minister khammany dam failure

Minister of Energy and Mines, Dr Khammany Inthirath, told the media that the collapse of the Saddle Dam at the Xe-Pian Xe-Nam Noy Dam on July 23 was likely due to substandard construction.

The dam failure incident caused catastrophic damage to Sanamxay District in Attapeu Province, with hundreds of people …

Power Company to Accept Responsibility for Dam Collapse

power company to accept responsibility for dam collapse

The Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Power Company is to take full responsibility for the collapse of the saddle dam that caused a national emergency in Attapeu Province.

The company has so far refrained from making an official statement, however the Minister of Energy and Mines, Dr Khammany Inthirath confirmed in …

United Nations OCHA Releases Exposure and Needs Infographic

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsRelief Web, a leading online source for reliable and timely humanitarian information on global crises and disasters, has released an infographic that profiles the dam break exposure and depicts an estimate on the needs of those affected.

The figures …

UPDATE: Status and Condition of Attapeu Flood Victims

Images have popped up on Lao social media depicting the current plight of many of the Attapeu flood victims who have taken refuge in makeshift disaster relief centers set up by both Attapeu provincial authorities. Former inhabitants of the villages of Mai and Tahin have gathered in the Attapeu Provincial Office.…