Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - UN seeks $9M in aid for Cambodian flood victims

UN seeks $9M in aid for Cambodian flood victims

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Houses are flooded in Prek Chey village in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district. Some 800,000 people in the country’s 19 provinces were affected by the floods. Hean Rangsey

UN seeks $9M in aid for Cambodian flood victims

The UN in Cambodia and their humanitarian partners last week launched the Cambodia Floods Response Plan 2020 and called for more than $9 million to help some 237,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by the floods in October.

According to a document released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on November 11, some 800,000 people in the country’s 19 provinces were affected by the floods. Of that number, about 388,000 people are in need of assistance. But the projected $9.43 million will cover only 237,000 people, equal to 52,861 households.

The objective of the plan is to provide life-saving assistance and protection to people affected by the storms and flooding and re-establish access to basic services. It will provide multi-sector assistance to the most vulnerable groups, including displaced people and children, OCHA said.

It added that the plan will also support the restoration of livelihoods by providing assistance to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 for disaster-affected people.

Cambodia experienced heavy rainfall as a result of multiple tropical storms which caused flooding in 19 provinces in and killed 42 people. More than 161,500 houses were damaged, OCHA said.

Pauline Tamesis, the UN Resident Coordinator to Cambodia, told The Post that the UN and its partners were providing assistance to flood-affected people in support of the government response.

The response plan aims to identify critical priorities to be covered by UN agencies, NGOs, and the Red Cross in order to complement and augment the wider government response to the floods, she said.

“Activities set out in this plan have been carefully prioritised to ensure that they will have the most significant impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people affected by the floods, including responses to meet their immediate humanitarian needs as well as early recovery activities to help them get back on their feet,” she said.

Cambodia experienced a drought before the floods. Both disasters affected more than 310,000ha of agricultural land, but only over 120,000ha of them were damaged, according to a circular released by Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries on November 13.

It said in response to the disasters, the government distributed more than 6,434 tonnes of rice seeds and many other seeds to residents in 19 provinces.

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • Khmer cinema classics back on big screen for free at WB Arena’s outdoor movies series

    On a recent Saturday evening at WB Arena, Bunsong was enjoying a tasty BBQ meal with his family after work on the long tables that had been arranged out in front of the restaurant as they watched a Khmer action movie on a big outdoor

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the