PREY VENG, CAMBODIA
Since August 2011, more than 200 people have died in Cambodia due to flooding, most of the victims have been children.
Around the country, villagers have had their homes destroyed by the floods, or had to abandon them to find higher grounds
or buildings on stilts to take refuge. Schools and pagodas have become evacuation centers for hundreds of families, and livestock
has been moved to any dry patch of land in many cases cluttering busy roads. Villagers complain that in the last three months not
enough aid has been provided, leaving them vulnerable to hunger and disease.
Out of Cambodia’s 23 provinces, 17 have been affected along the Mekong river and Tonle Sap. The Cambodian government has estimated
that about 190-thousand hectares of rice fields have been destroyed, and according to the National Committee for Disaster Management
1.2 million people are affected by the flooding, still the government has yet to declare the flooding a national emergency. In the meanwhile,
international humanitarian organizations struggle to raise enough funds to deal with the extent of the problem, having to limit their
aid to help the very poorest.
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