Catholic Church and several families affected by flood by Ketsana

Kompung Thom (Salesians with SCS Radio). Father Nget Viney, in charge of the Catholic communities of Kompong Kor, Prekbov and Kompong Rotes in the Kompong Thom province, about 200 kilometers at the north of Phnom Penh, reports that his three communities are suffering from the flood as a consequence of the Ketsana typhoon of the last weekend.

Father Viney who lives in the area, talked by phone to the centre of communication of the Catholic Church in Phnom Penh and said that the water reached between one and two meters up. The most affected families looked for higher places.

But the main problema is the scarce of food, because the storm destroyed the rice fields. The prize of the rice increased in the last days, said the priest.

´I tried to ask help from my friends, the people I know, and I am waiting,´ he said to SCS Radio.

Kompong Thom province is a rural región depending especially from rice. The Ketsana typhoon hit Philippines and after came into the Indochina Peninsula last week. It made a lot damage in central Vietnam and then came inside Cambodia and Laos. It was the first time Cambodia faced winds at more than 130 kilometers per hour, according to the official reports. 15 persons were reported to lost their life and more than 1,000 families had to move from their area and lost their houses.

This villagers, the most of them are farmers. Every year between October and Novelmber, they have problems for the scarcity of rice. Now well, if there is this flood, I am afraid that next year they will have nothing to eat. Because the rice fields were destroyed by the typhoon,´ said Fr Viney.


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

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