Reaching Out to the Victims Whose Farmlands Have Been Struck Hard
December 15th, 2011- Noriyasu OKAYAMA (back left) of the AAR JAPAN Vientiane office greets the flood victims before the distribution of relief supplies (Siem Reap, Chreav)
Flooding damage has been particularly severe in our targeted area for distribution, which lies right around the northern region of Tonlé Sap Lake. Many of the residents in this area depend on agriculture to make a living, but we have been repeatedly told that their farmlands have been inundated for a long period of time and they are unable to harvest their crops as a result. Water would usually subside after several days if flooding were to happen in Japan; however, in the latest case in Cambodia, the water level rose during September and did not recede until November. Although the water level was not so high, the flooding damage has spread out extensively across large areas. Under such dire circumstances, the relief supplies, which included both food and non-food items like rice, buckets, soap, and mosquito nets, were positively received by those who had lost their crops.
December 15th, 2011- Chhoen SOPAL (center, 20 years old) is dependent on a wheelchair. During the 2-month time period when the depth of water reached 50cm, he was unable to go outside on his wheelchair. (Siem Reap, Chreav)
December 20th, 2011- When we visited the home of Rin VANN, the bucket (back right) that was distributed on the 15th was being used as a rice container. (Siem Reap, Chreav)
December 22nd, 2011- Chi Kreing District was the area that suffered the biggest damage within Siem Reap Province. (Chi Kreing District, Chi Kreing)
December 18th, 2011- A field of rice plants was destroyed after being flooded over a long period of time. (Chi Kreing District)