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Floodwater ebbs but problems continue

Receding floodwaters have given evacuated villagers in Banteay Meanchey province hope they might return home in a week’s time, but many will face further problems in their flood-damaged villages, an NGO says.

Over the weekend the number of families battling flood waters fell from just under 5,000 to 3,000, a provincial hall spokesman said.

Those evacuated from the worst-hit areas of O’Chrou district and Poipet face a loss of livelihood and a still-dangerous current, Caritas deputy director Kim Rattana said.

The Red Cross is expected to distribute food, water, and materials to another 1,000 families in Poipet city today.

Flash floods had killed three and damaged 18,880 hectares of rice paddies and 34 roads, O’Chrou district governor Keo Sen said.

In Serei Sophoan city, opening a waterway had led to flooding, municipal governor Um Ratrey said, causing the evacuation of about 50 families.

To contact the reporter on this story: Phak Seangly at



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