Heavy rains and overflow of the Mekong river since the second week of August 2011 affected 18 provinces out of 24 in Cambodia, destroying crops and communal infrastructure and affecting more than 1.2 million people overall. 247 deaths were reported. Land was covered by standing flood water for months and only started receding in December. (IFRC, 2 Dec 2012)
This map shows the potential flood water over the affected area along the Tonle Sap Lake and the Mekong River in Cambodia in 2011 and 2013.
FOCUS - South and South-East Asia
For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 13, 2013
On May 31, 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that its Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Relief Assistance (OFDA) is providing $200,000 to support the Humanitarian Response Forum (HRF) in Cambodia. The HRF will strengthen emergency preparedness in the country by enhancing coordination and communication among humanitarian organizations based in Cambodia.
PHNOM PENH [ACTED News] - ACTED teams have concluded a flood recovery and disaster resilience project in Kandal Province, Central Cambodia, which focused on livelihood recovery through cash for work, sanitation practices and infrastructure, in response to the devastating 2011 floods.
A REVIEW OF THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE TO THE 2011 THAILAND AND CAMBODIA FLOODS ￼
By Kate Roux, IFRC and Josselin Leon, French Red Cross
The Mekong River Basin lies at the heart of Southeast Asia, and serves as a vital resource to over 70 million people in the region. But in 2011, heavy rains in Cambodia caused the river to overflow to dangerous levels, affecting 18 of the country’s 24 provinces, and leaving 1.2 million people in need of assistance.
JOHANNESBURG, 27 November 2012 (IRIN) - Many of the worst natural disasters of 2011 were also the most severe the affected countries had ever experienced, revealed the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) 2013, which was released in Doha today.
Brazil, Cambodia, El Salvador, Laos and Thailand appear in the CRI’s 10 most-affected countries; all recorded their severest natural hazards-related catastrophes in 2011.
In Cambodia, Feed the Future works with fish farmers to improve their aquaculture techniques for better harvests.
When record seasonal floods hit Cambodia’s Battambang Province in late 2011, fish farmer Khel Khem feared the worst. Water levels reached 2.5 meters—higher than Khem’s head—and enough, she worried, to wash out her recently stocked pond, where she breeds fish to generate income.
This report covers the period 1 January 2012 to 30 June 2012
The government of Cambodia has awarded a medal to Caritas Cambodia and to supporting Caritas members who responded to severe flooding in 2011. The medal will be given to Caritas by the country’s prime minister.
Caritas provided food and emergency items to thousands of people when floods struck in October 2011. Caritas has also implemented Disaster Risk Reduction programs to help people avoid the loss of life and property during future natural disasters.
KRATIE, 14 August 2012 (IRIN) - Floods and droughts are two leading causes of agricultural losses in Cambodia, where farmers have begun using solar power to manage their water supply and counter the impact of increasingly erratic weather patterns.
Facts & Figures
€9.15 million to assist victims of natural disasters since 2009
€10.3 million for disaster preparedness since 1998
€710,000 to address the widespread outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea in 2010
Latest: €5.95 million to assist flood victims in 2011-2012
PHNOM PENH [ACTED News] – ACTED has continued its flood-recovery activities in rural Kandal province, Cambodia, shifting focus from well chlorination to outreach education aimed at improving household hygiene practices. Since the start of June, ACTED’s staff have reached 3,470 households through group outreach education sessions. These sessions have covered two topics – hand washing with soap and the safe treatment and storage of household water.
• Early and sufficient rain in May contributed to timely rice seeding and transplanting in the second quarter of 2012. Wet season cultivated areas have increased from the previous year’s.
• According to current river levels and predicted weather conditions, the maximum water level in the Bassac-Chakto Mukh station is expected to reach 10.55 m in 2012. When the river level exceeds an average of 10 m in this station there is a probability for floods.
28/06/2012 - Brussels/Phnom Penh: The European Commission is funding five new projects in Cambodia to assist 70,000 victims of the October 2011 floods which affected an estimated 1.7 million people across the country. The projects, costing €3.45 million, will be implemented by the European Commission's partner organisations with experience in the region: Oxfam GB, French Red Cross, ACTED, World Vision UK and a consortium of NGOs led by Danish Church Aid.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Below average rainfall at the start of the 2012/13 wet crop season
Record harvest of 2012 paddy crop
Rice prices have come down sharply following bumper harvests
The overall food security situation is generally satisfactory but concerns remain for the flood-affected population
Below average rainfall at the start of the 2012/13 wet season
In September 2011, above average rainfall resulted in severe flooding along the Mekong and Tonle Sap river basins, affecting 18 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces.
The floods were reportedly the worst Cambodia had experienced in more than a decade.
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) released $41.53 million from the Disaster Relief Fund in the year ending March 31, 2012 to support government authorities and various relief organisations in providing early relief to victims of major disasters which occurred outside Hong Kong.
PHNOM PENH [ACTED News]
In Kandal province, ACTED teams have assisted in the chlorination of almost 300 contaminated wells, providing isolated rural communities, affected by monsoonal flooding in late-2011, with access to a reliable source of safe drinking water.
As floods in Cambodia reached waist height in September and October 2011, inundating fields and destroying crops, the last thing one might have expected people to need was more water. However, Mr. Thouk Reth was one of many in the affected community who found himself surrounded by a world submerged yet wishing for water of a different kind—safe drinking water for himself, his wife, and their two children.