Like much of South and South East Asia, Cambodia has been suffering from floods since the monsoon rains began. The flooding in Cambodia started in early August. Since then 13 people have died and as many as 10,000 people have been displaced. The worst affected areas are Banteay Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom, and Kratie. The floods have also damaged at least 20,000 hectares of rice paddy fields.
The Head of Cambodia’s Cabinet of the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), said that 11 of the deaths were in north western Banteay Meanchey. The other 2 fatalities were in northern Kampong Thom.
Floods are common in Cambodia during the monsoon season, especially as 85 per cent of the nation’s land lies within the lower Mekong basin. 2011 saw some of the worst instances of flooding the country has seen, and as many as 250 people lost their lives. Floods claimed the lives of 14 people in Cambodia in 2012. There is a fear that the flooding this year is worse. Mong Sam An, commune chief in Palhal, said, “It is much worse than August last year. Last year, these floods didn’t come until September”.