Floods in Cambodia after Ketsana

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Kompong Thom. Ketsana, the typhoon that hit Southeast Asia the last week of September, let behind a scenario of chaos and destruction. The level of the water still high, while the rice fields were seriously damaged and thousands of families are displaced. The aid organizations settled in Cambodia are organizing teams to coordinate actions to guarantee the provision of food and medicine, although reserves will endure for a couple of weeks more, according to the last reports.

A satelite picture of Ketsana over the Southeast of Asia. Photo Nasa.In Cambodia the number of persons who lost their lives due to the strong winds that crossed Cambodia was 15, but yesterday the authorities reported that they found the bodies of a man and his son who were drowned when their boat was rushed upon by the typhoon in Kompong Chinnan on 30th September, risen the number to 17 deadly victims.

Oxfam reported that 14 thousand families are displaced in provinces like Kompongh Thom, Kratie and Preah Vihia. 240 families more were reported by the local authorities in String Treng.

Aid coordination

The Church World Service Cambodia, NCDM, the Red Cross, OXFAM, World Vision, Caritas, Muslim Help and CARE created a team to coordinate the aid to the victims of the typhoon in Cambodia. The first goal is to reduce hunger. Oxfam has registered 5 thousand families that need an urgent attention in the country.

A satelite picture of Ketsana over the Southeast of Asia. Photo Nasa.

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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, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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