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    Posted September 26, 2013 by
    Lath Village, Laos
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    Southern Laos faces worst flooding in 35 years

    Southern Laos is currently facing the worst flooding in 35 years. World Vision is responding to flooding in the southern part of Laos, where more than 53,000 people in 56 villages have been impacted. Ammala Thomisith, an emergency communicator for World Vision shares the photos and stories of some of the children she has met during the response:

    ‘Lath village was severely affected by flooding. Almost all of the houses in this village were covered by water and rice fields submerged and hopes for this year’s crop now destroyed. Pare, 6, studies in primary grade 1. She hasn’t been to school in a week due to the floods. Pare and her younger sister Kai 3 sit on their house stairs, washing their feet and hands in the dirty water that continues to inundate their village even though the rain has stopped.

    “I was scared by the water and I didn’t know what to do. I was crying and my mother carried me into the boat to move us to a safe place,” she said.

    “My children were crying, they want to go school but I am not allowing them to go because the water is still too high. The water level has kept up locked up in our house for seven days already, it is still too deep to leave,” Pare’s mother adds.

    “When the water came up to my house, my brother and I swam and climbed the mango tree and jumped into the water in front of my house,” Pheangchanh, 10, said.

    Their youngest sister was very scared and isn’t ready to return to playing.

    “I was scared when the water come into our house. My father just told us to get into the boat and he quickly drove to a safe place and he came back to help our neighbors move too,” she said, recalling the flooding situation.

    She can’t go to school because of the flooding and she will wait for at least another week to return to class.’
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