CWS situation report: Cambodia flooding

Cambodia is experiencing the worst flooding in more than a decade due to typhoons and greater-than-average rainfall. The Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers are overflowing and 17 of Cambodia's 24 provinces are affected by the severe flooding.

Situation:

Cambodia is experiencing the worst flooding in more than a decade due to typhoons and greater-than-average rainfall. The Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers are overflowing and 17 of Cambodia's 24 provinces are affected by the severe flooding. The floods have affected about 10 percent of the country's agricultural land, and have already caused extensive damage to Cambodia's infrastructure.

There are currently more than 1 million people affected and at least 100,000 people displaced, but those numbers are expected to increase; 172 people have died from the floods.

The flood water in many provinces is continuing to rise both from heavy rain and from the impact of flooding from neighboring counties. Thailand and Vietnam are also experiencing heavy flooding.

CWS response:

Church World Service and other partners of ACT Alliance working in Cambodia are conducting assessments; CWS has finished its assessment in Kampong Thom province and is responding by providing emergency food and hygiene kits to 676 families. Additional responses in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces are also planned.

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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