Floods Cause Major Destruction in Cambodia
Posted by feww on October 2, 2013
Floods submerge half of Cambodia, killing at least 30 people, inundating 67,000 homes, displacing thousands of families
At least 30 people have been killed in Cambodia in recent floods triggered by heavy rains, exacerbated by Typhoon WUTIP, and the overflowing of Mekong River.
The floods have inundated at least 67,000 homes affecting more than 600,000 people and forcing about 10,000 families to abandon their homes and seek shelter in higher grounds.
Floodwaters have destroyed about 100,000 hectares of rice paddies.
Some 385 schools, 30 health centers and 245 Buddhist pagodas have also been inundated, said the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).
“Ten out of the kingdom’s 24 cities and provinces are being hit by the Mekong River and flash floods,” said NCDM .
“As water still continue to rise, there will be more people affected and evacuated in coming days,” he told Xinhua.
People push their motorcycles through a flooded area near the Royal Palace in central Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo credit: Reuters/Samrang Pring
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