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Tearfund tells of hardship faced by thousands in Cambodia after floods

06 November 2020

Evangelical Fellowship of Cambodia

Tearfund partner staff help those affected by floods in Cambodia

Tearfund partner staff help those affected by floods in Cambodia

THE charity Tearfund has said that thousands of people in Cambodia are still struggling to get help since being displaced by floods.

Tearfund’s country director for east and south-east Asia, Raymond Kwong, said on Tuesday that “thousands of people lost their homes and livelihoods in last month’s floods, and many in the most remote regions have been unable to travel to towns to access government support.”

Cambodia was hit by torrential rains in October, which led to severe flooding in 14 provinces, affecting 175,872 people. So far, 38 people have died, while 14,299 households have been displaced.

Mr Kwong said that Tearfund was working “in partnership with the Evangelical Fellowship of Cambodia, bringing food to these cut-off communities and providing money for them to invest in agricultural seeds”.

The charity has also been providing people with clean water and water filters, while the government in Cambodia has distributed money and food packs and provided shelter to people in town centres.

Tearfund has warned, however, that many people exposed to waterborne diseases, such as diarrhoea and cholera, lack the financial means to pay for medical treatment.

People living in poverty will, it says, similarly not be able to make repairs on their homes, and the many households that rely on home gardens and fish ponds as a source of food and income will struggle to replace what they have lost. Many families will, therefore, struggle to support themselves in future, it says.

Vietnam was also affected by floods and landslides last month, which killed more than 100 people. At least 22 people have been reported missing, thousands of homes have been submerged, and hundreds of thousands of people have been left without food, drinking water, shelter, or income.

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