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We have been involved in the implementation of Early Warning Systems (EWS) in Laos since 2023. These systems are vital in alerting residents of impending floods, helping to protect their lives and property. Our work in Laos builds on the successful introduction of these systems in neighbouring Cambodia, where they are already in place across that country.

Laos is significantly affected by the impacts of climate change. In recent years there has been an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. In particular, devastating floods are becoming more common, especially in the central and southern areas along the Mekong River. Laos faces many natural hazards, including floods, droughts, tropical storms, landslides and epidemics. Another risk factor is the annual flooding of the Mekong River and its tributaries, which form an essential part of the traditional life of the Lao people. It is estimated that up to 40,000 people will be affected by flooding by 2030.

Our programme is strengthening the resilience of communities and local authorities against flood-related disasters. Through innovative technologies, capacity-building initiatives and strategic partnerships, we are improving the dissemination of timely and accurate flood warnings. In doing so, we reduce impacts on vulnerable populations and limit loss of life and property.

Key to our work is the implementation and enhancement of EWS1294, which will help in disseminating warnings and community preparedness. In collaboration with national and provincial authorities, we are ensuring the smooth integration of the EWS into existing frameworks and infrastructure.

Our work in Laos underscores our commitment to building a resilient and coordinated approach to disaster risk reduction in the country. We focus on high-risk areas and promote collaboration among stakeholders. Thus, we increase the capacity of communities and authorities to mitigate the impacts of floods and protect people's lives and livelihoods.

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