The 2011 floods in Cambodia devastated the lives of people. The water stayed in the communities for over two months inundating houses, roads and agricultural land. Normal life was disrupted. Children could not go to school. The livelihoods of the rural population were severely affected with many families having lost their livestock. Paddy fields were flooded and hence there was no harvest. In these situations, people often borrow money and can become heavily indebted to money lenders. It can take families many years to repay these debts.
Samaritan’s Purse has helped 300 families with food supplies (dry ration) as an immediate response. The needs are overwhelming and the World Food Program has plans to provide dry ration for the people for the next 3 to 6 months.
There are 3 key recovery areas we can assist in: