||Paddy Inundated (Hectares)
||Homes Under water
||595 deaths (latest)
||US$ 100-161 Million
||US$ 135 Million
||US$ 174 Million
||US$ 325 Million
million people in Cambodia and Vietnam are currently suffering from the
worst flooding in a decade. The situation has received far less media coverage
then the floods in Thailand. Many rural families badly affected
by the flooding are still waiting for water levels to drop and have received
little or no aid from their governments or international organizations.
Cambodian and Vietnamese farmers living along the Mekong River actually depend on the annual floods
to fertilize the paddy fields. Traditionally they wait for the waters to recede
so they can plant new crops in the freshly deposited silt. This season, however
heavy monsoon rains have brought torrents down from the mountains killing at
least 250 people and livestock in Cambodia. Many villages have remained under
waist- to chest-high waters for up to three months. Three-quarters of the
entire country is swamped and 1.6 million people — about 1 in 10 are affected. In
Cambodia 20 percent of the country's current
rice fields are ruined and farmers fear the water will not recede in time for
planting of the next crop.
The situation in Vietnam, where 175,000 people are still
struggling in the southern Mekong Delta, is getting better but, according to
the UN 90 percent of the more than 80 people killed by the flooding are children.
Myanmar is also is experiencing flooding. Local
media reports show 30,000 people were hit by flash floods last month that
killed more than 160. There has been no international coverage of this because
of the secretive nature of the Regime in the country.
Nearly 20 million people across Southeast Asia have been affected by flooding since
June due to back-to-back typhoons, cyclones tropical storms and monsoons.
None of the flood-ravaged countries have requested
international help. Many aid agencies based in Cambodia have already run out of money.
With no clean water in the villages, there is an increased
risk of waterborne diseases such as dengue fever. Both can kill.
Vietnam, one of the fastest growing countries
in Asia, is starting to recover. But people
living in hardest-hit Dong Thap province have suffered the longest with more
than 30,000 homes submerged there.
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