Historical Hazards

Lao PDR has a low capacity to adapt to climate change because of its poor socioeconomic development. From 1970 to 2010, 33 natural hazard events (mostly floods and droughts) were registered, affecting almost 9 million people and causing economic damages of over US$400 million. According to a 2009 vulnerability mapping exercise conducted for South East Asia, the areas of Phongsali, Houaphan, and Louang Namtha are considered hotspots for the impacts of multiple hazards, including floods, droughts, landslides, sea level rise, earthquakes, landslides, and others. 

This section provides a summary of key natural hazards and their associated socioeconomic impacts in a given country. And it allows quick evaluation of most vulnerable areas through the spatial comparison of natural hazard data with development data, thereby identifying exposed livelihoods and natural systems.

Natural Hazard Statistics

The charts provide overview of the most frequent natural disaster in a given country and understand the impacts of those disasters on human populations.


Climate change is now recognized to have a significant impact on disaster management efforts and pose a significant threat to the efforts to meet the growing needs of the most vulnerable populations. The demands of disaster risk management are such that concise, clear, and reliable information is crucial. The information presented here offers insight into the frequency, impact and occurrence of natural hazards.