Princess Chulabhorn sends  medical team to treat flood victims in Laos

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has ordered the Princess Chulabhorn College to arrange a 25-member medical team from Chulabhorn Hospital to be dispatched to Laos to provide medical treatment to flood victims on Wednesday and Thursday.

The team which includes pediatricians, emergency doctors, general practitioners and tropical diseases doctors and nurses will be based at the health office of Sanamxay township in Attapeu province.

About 200 Laotians receive medical treatment at the Sanamxay hospital and at an adjacent field hospital of the Lao People’s Army.  Most of the patients suffer from stress and stomach diseases.

On the night of July 23, a saddle dam of the Xepian-Xe Namnoy power project collapsed releasing a huge mass of water cascading downstream and swamping many villages in Sanamxay township, resulting to over 30 deaths and over 6,000 people displaced.

Attapeu provincial governor Led Xaiyaporn said that he felt grateful to the Thai Royal Family and the Thai people for their assistance to the flood-affected people.

Meanwhile, a temporary shelter will be handed over to about 140 families of people displaced by flooding from the dam collapse tomorrow.

The shelter houses 140 accommodation units suitable for 3-4 people each was built.  Each unit is equipped with an electric fan, electricity supply and a balcony to prepare food.

Mr Piangkham Kiangsitthilat, a contractor for the housing project, admitted that the design of the housing unit might not correspond with the Laotians’ traditional farming lifestyle.

Two more housing units of similar design are expected to be completed next month and handed over to the displaced people.