Analysis: Coping with volatile weather in Laos

Analysis: Coping with volatile weather in Laos

Village food storage sheds, made of bamboo and thatch, are traditionally built on stilts to withstand flooding. Monk Khmu village, northern Luang Prabang province. (Photo courtesy of Martin Abbiati/ Photographer)

Village food storage sheds, made of bamboo and thatch, are traditionally built on stilts to withstand flooding. Monk Khmu village, northern Luang Prabang province. (Photo courtesy of Martin Abbiati/ Photographer)

BAN HOUYTHAO, 30 September 2013 (IRIN) – The frequent but low-impact disasters in Laos, home to just 6.1 million inhabitants, are seldom in the limelight compared with neighbouring flood-prone Thailand to the west, cyclone-hit Myanmar in the northwest, and earthquake-susceptible China to the north.

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