VIENTIANE: Thousands of people in northern Laos are enduring flash floods that were brought by heavy rains in recent days.

Of the Southeast Asian country's northern provinces — Oudomxay, Bokeo, Huaphan and Phongsaly — Oudomxay, about 310 kilometers north of the capital Vientiane, has been hit the hardest since last Friday, Lar district chief Houmphan Bouphakham told local media on Monday.

The roads are impassable, houses were destroyed or damaged, and electricity and water supplies were cut off, he said.

In the wake of the floods, people now need clothing, food and drinking water.

Videos circulating on social media showed many people struggling to cope after their houses were submerged.

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The number of people left homeless by the floods is yet to be determined, and authorities are busy evacuating people and providing emergency relief goods.

Local authorities have been battling to bring people to higher ground. As roads were cut off, they had to use boats to evacuate residents.

Meanwhile, 97 families in four villages in Phongsaly's Khua district were affected by the rains, with the damage estimated to be more than 5.6 billion Lao kips (about $363,000).

In Bokeo, videos posted on social media showed people struggling to move their belongings and vehicles.

In Vientiane province, the Hinheup district was affected by floods after a river overflowed.

Meanwhile, in eastern Huaphan province, authorities are working to prepare safe places for flood-displaced people.