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Since June, extreme weather conditions and heavy rains have led to massive flooding in Southeast Asia. In Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, these floods have caused more deaths than the Coronavirus pandemic. In the face of this emergency, Aide et Action is supporting the affected families in Cambodia.
In response to the emergency situation caused by the floods in South East Asia, Aide et Action is working with local partners and authorities in Cambodia to provide initial support to the most needy. The distribution of relief kits and the creation of temporary learning centres are among the main responses provided.
175,872 victims in Cambodia
According to reports from the Cambodian Humanitarian Response Forum, as of 26 October, an estimated 175,872 households in 14 provinces of Cambodia, including Phnom Penh, have been affected by flash floods, resulting in 38 deaths and 14,299 displaced households. In these areas, houses, infrastructure (roads, health centres) and farmland have been flooded and 686 schools have been affected.
To support the affected families, Aide et Action has developed several emergency activities. In Phnom Penh, our association has supported 100 families in Dangkor district with kits including blankets, mosquito nets, food (noodles and fish), clothes and books and crayons for children. Here, 200 families were displaced and resettled in emergency shelters.
Ensuring continuity in children's learning
In the province of Banteay Meanchey - on the border with Thailand - Aide et Action, in partnership with Damnok Toek, has supported the creation of a temporary learning centre for displaced children. The centre provides a safe space for children to learn and play. In addition, in this province as well as in Battamabang and Pursat, educational and food aid kits have been distributed to more than 500 poor farmers and their families.
Aide et Action continues to monitor the situation, identifying marginalized families in the affected areas and those at risk in the coming weeks.