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Estimated 2 million in Cambodia affected by floods and drought
9/2/2002 10:30:00 AM
Cambodia -- Late rains have brought some relief to the 8 drought-stricken Cambodian provinces of Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampot, Kandal, Kampong Cham, Svay rieng, Odor Meanchey, Pursat, and Battambang. Most of the 51 worst effected districts have now received rain. However, with a shortage of rice seedlings for planting, there are concerns about both the immediate economic impact as well as longer-term food security, reports the Red Cross.
Meanwhile, extensive flooding - the worst hit province being Prey Veng - has affected more than 1.0 million people, with as many as 16,341 families having been evacuated to 'safe areas' on higher ground. With an overall estimated 2.0 m people (National Committee for Disaster Management) affected by the combination of disasters, on August 23 the Royal Government of Cambodia issued a declaration on the disaster situation.
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