Christian Aid helps flood victims

A quarter of Cambodians lives below the poverty line and can only rely on a single crop a year. The worst-affected areas are also threatened by water-borne diseases such as dengue and diarrhea.

Cambodia
Oct 31 2013, 5:45 PM
Christian Aid helps flood victims

Humanitarian organizations Christian Aid and Development and Partnership in Action have distributed food, hygiene kits and tarpaulins to 3,000 people in the province of Ratanakiri in north-east Cambodia.

About 80% of the 13.8 million inhabitants live in rural areas of Cambodia and most of them dependent on agriculture. Floods have destroyed 244,000 hectares of rice paddies creating food shortages.

A quarter of Cambodians lives below the poverty line and can only rely on a single crop a year. The worst-affected areas are also threatened by water-borne diseases such as dengue and diarrhoea.

In a country where about 40% children suffer from chronic diseases, these preventable and treatable diseases can be fatal, especially for the elderly and children.

Humanitarian aid will target extremely poor families run by women and widows, landless migrant farmers, people with HIV and the elderly.

Source: news.va

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