02/2012 (Bangkok/Phnom Penh) - Following devastating floods throughout South East Asia in late 2011, ECHO provided €2.5 million for humanitarian assistance in Cambodia. The assistance mainly enabled food deliveries projects to improve water and sanitation in the communities hit hardest.
Despite the emergency assistance provided, many rural communities in Cambodia are struggling to recover. The next rice harvest is not until late 2012 and many lost food stocks, seeds, tools and other valuables in the floods.
ECHO experts recently visited the province of Pursat, one of the hardest hit areas in central Cambodia, where a consortium of ECHO partners, including Concern, has been distributing food assistance to those most affected. As the projects come to an end, most of the beneficiaries are appealing not only for further food aid but for seeds so that they have a rice harvest at the end of the year and are once again self-sufficient.
In late 2011, South East Asia was hit by strong monsoon rains and typhoons. Several countries in the region experienced widespread flooding. Large parts of Cambodia were affected, especially around the Tonle Sap Lake and along the Mekong river. Communities lost most of their rice harvest, food and seed stocks. Houses and livelihoods were destroyed. The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) made a regional funding decision in October 2011, allocating €10 million for emergency assistance for affected communities in Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines
By EC/ECHO/Mathias Eick,
Regional Information Officer.