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Cambodia appeals for 5,000 tonnes of rice

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Phnom Penh (dpa) - The Cambodian government has appealed for more than 5,000 tonnes of rice to help farmers after a failed wet season crop, officials said Tuesday.

The National Disaster Control Committee requested the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization donate seed to Cambodian farmers after three thousand tonnes already distributed failed to grow, officials said.

Drought conditions existed across the country's 24 provinces up until two weeks ago, forcing Cambodian farmers, who had planted wet season rice, to come to the capital looking for food.

Heavy rains have flooded some areas in three Cambodian provinces, and officials are now bracing themselves for possible flooding throughout the country, national disaster management officials said.

Cambodian farmers have yet to recover from the last two years of floods. In 2000, the country was hit by the worst flood in 70 years, leaving almost 400 dead and causing more than 160 million dollars in damage.

Flooding in Cambodia last year left 35 dead and affected an estimated half-million people, according to Cambodia's Disaster Management Committee. dpa eu cs rk

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