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55 dead, 100 missing in Laos storm across three months

Over 2,000 villages across Laos had been affected by floods after two tropical storms lashed Laos from July to September so far.

During the period, 55 people were killed, two injured and 100 reported missing.

The figures were reported at a meeting involving the cabinet, Vientiane mayor and provincial governor on Monday, reported Xinhua news agency.

According to a report from the National Ad Hoc Committee, from the middle of July to September, the capital Vientiane and 17 provinces were badly hit by tropical storms Son-tinh and Bebinca, which brought heavy rain, floods and landslides to many areas.

A total of 2,409 villages accommodating 113,507 families were affected.

Of the 100 people still missing following heavy flooding, 97 were from Attapeu province and the rest, Luang Prabang.

Authorities have arranged temporary accommodation for 3,616 families after their homes were damaged or destroyed, local Vientiane Times reported on Tuesday.

- Bernama

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