Flooding in Battambang province
Sharing some pictures here confirming the massive flooding in Battambang province due to the torrential rains over the weekend.
Mr. Chhom Sarith, our Program Manager based in Battambang province reported that 8 out of 14 districts in Battambang are flooded. Local government authorities have assisted in rescuing and relocating hundreds of families to higher, drier and safer grounds. It was also reported that many roads and bridges were damaged due to heavy rains and commuters were advised not to travel due to bad road conditions.
Since the roads are inaccessible, our staff in Battambang could not reach our beneficiaries so we called them up one by one, via mobile phones, to see how they are doing. 16 of our beneficiaries are affected with their houses under water and their crops damaged; five of the 16 need immediate support as they are currently unemployed due to COVID-19 shutdowns and they have no available means nor sources of income.
We are most concerned about one of our beneficiaries who is due to deliver in a few week’s time. She lives 35kms away from the health center and, at the moment, the area is completely flooded and the roads are inaccessible. We are currently arranging for her to live in a relative's house closer to the health center. Our partner in the community, the Commune Council for Women and Children (CCWC), is assisting her.
According to this newsource, Cambodian officials said that nine provinces - Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, Kandal, Pailin, Pursat, Svay Rieng, and Takeo - and the capital of Phnom Penh had been affected.
We will give more updates as soon as we get the information. In the meantime, please join us in praying for the safety and well-being of the mothers and children in our Battambang office's care, as well as the thousands of families affected in the nine provinces.