Cambodia, Not a National Emergency

A repost from some talented friends who have taken some amazing photos of the flooded provinces. Cambodia has yet to declare the floods a national emergency. Source: Erika Pineros and Nick Axelrod



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.


Surrounded by water, this pagoda’s grounds have become refuge to families, as well as to hundreds of heads of cattle. © Erika Pineros 2011


A pagoda raised on stilts has become home for some 50 families who had to abandon their homes. Prey Veng, Cambodia. © Nicolas Axelrod 2011


A women boils water for drinking in the school where she took refuge with some 15 other families. Prey Veng, Cambodia. © Nicolas Axelrod 2011


Cows are raised on high ground in a village completely submerged by flood waters. Prey Veng, Cambodia. © Nicolas Axelrod 2011


The local hospital even though flooded, still functions providing basic treatment to whoever can reach it and afford it. © Erika Pineros 2011


Families have been forced to set up temporary shelters by the side of the road. © Erika Pineros 2011

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