The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is deploying its humanitarian expert to make an assessment of the needs in view of the floods in Cambodia.
According to the information provided by government agencies and ECHO partner organisations, over 600 000 people have been affected so far and 134 died. Over 840 schools, 50 health centers and hospitals have also been damaged by the rising waters.
The floods have been caused by strong monsoon rains and typhoons which have recently blown in from the South China Sea. Local authorities are trying to provide assistance to over 13 000 households which had to be evacuated. Those efforts are being hampered due to roads and bridges having been damaged by the rising torrents.
ECHO's expert will join colleagues from humanitarian organisations who are coordinating their efforts to identify humanitarian aid needs in the country.