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Cambodia flood assistance

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The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is accepting financial contributions to assist victims of recent severe flooding that hit vast areas of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. The flooding along the lower Mekong that has affected nearly four million people, has severely destroyed roads, dikes and infrastructure, with approximately 180 people confirmed dead.

To date, the AFSC has sent $5,000 from its Crisis Fund to help meet emergency needs there. Contributions marked "Cambodia Flood Assistance" can be sent to AFSC, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19102. Further information can be obtained by calling toll free to (888) 588-2371, extension 1. The AFSC is not accepting material donations for relief efforts at this time.

The devastation left by recent heavy monsoon rains in the lower Mekong are "a wake-up call" according to Barbara Johnson, head of the American Friends Service Committee's rural development program in Cambodia. Severe deforestation upstream in Cambodia, Thailand and China have resulted in volumes of run-off water that cannot be absorbed by the ground.

Although previous floods in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam have claimed many more lives, officials expressed fears about poor sanitation and the health risk the floods pose, especially for the young and elderly.

AFSC has been working in Asia since 1923. The work now focuses largely on local development issues, helping to preserve and expand people's choices as they face major economic change.

Contact:

Jason C. Erb
Interim Director, EMAP
American Friends Service Committee
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
phone: 215-241-7041
fax: 215-241-7026