The UN and its humanitarian partners have launched a flash appeal for USD 10 million to provide six months of aid to nearly 180,000 typhoon victims in some of the poorest regions of Laos. According to the Laotian Government, 482 villages across five southern provinces were affected by floods and landslides due to last month's passage of typhoon Ketsana, which damaged infrastructure and limited or totally cut off access to the majority of victims living in mountainous and remote areas, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. The storm struck at a time when household food stocks were at their lowest levels and farmers were preparing for the upcoming harvest. (UN News Service)

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