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    Posted October 14, 2011 by
    JimCA2
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    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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    Flooding North of Phnom Penh

     

    Floods have ravaged South East Asia, but Prek Kaddam,  28 KM north of  Phnom Penh has been underwater for a couple of months now, and no end to their condition is in sight.  People who have lost their homes and set up make shift shacks on side roads have seen those roads become flooded.  Others have set up shacks along the road, sharing the same space with their livestock.  Chickens, goats, cows, and pigs scavenge what ever they can from the vegetation along the "banks" of the thin sliver of road that cuts through overflowing flood plains fed by the Tonle Sap River that feeds from the Mekong to The Tonle Sap Lake in Siem Reap. People now navigate their nieghborhoods in boats instead of motor vehicles. Children have been out of school for a couple of months as their school houses are submerged in water.  Many areas have been cut off from supply routes. The impact won't be realized until the populous who rely on farming, start missing their harvest seasons.  Many of the Khmers affected however are resilient and continue to get by. One woman selling fruit by the side of the road, sleeps in her flooded house on large styrofoam blocks. Another woman (selling fruit as well) across the street cant sleep in her house and sleeps on the table where she sell fruit.

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