Extreme flooding brings chaos to Cambodia
The country is facing some of the worst flooding it’s seen in the last decade. Tens of thousands of people have been affected.
Written by Tearfund | 22 Oct 2020
Written by Tearfund
The country is facing some of the worst flooding it’s seen in the last decade. Tens of thousands of people have been affected. Our local partners have asked for urgent prayer. Please stand with us in prayer for our global brothers and sisters.
During October, torrential rains have led to severe flooding across Cambodia. Government officials say 24 people have been killed, and more than 60,000 families across 19 districts affected.
One of our local partners is providing an immediate response to the floods and is trying to reach the most vulnerable with food and other essential supplies. The other three will be continuing their vital work helping communities become more resilient to disasters such as floods, and working to help people lift themselves out of poverty.
Just the beginning
Floods do more than just damage property. They are extremely damaging for communities. They destroy clean water supplies and expose families to deadly waterborne diseases and illnesses, such as cholera and diarrhoea. Treatment can be expensive, and it’s money that many people don't have.
Our local partners have been providing families with clean water and water filters to help prevent this. However, our partners have shared with us that many people have already gotten sick.
For people living in poverty, rebuilding after floods is even harder. Many will not be able to afford the repairs needed to their homes. For the high percentage of people in Cambodia who rely on fish ponds or home gardens for food and to earn an income, this flood will be catastrophic. Many will not have the money to replant or restock, meaning their families will go without.
Through our local partners, Tearfund will continue to support these communities and help them to rebuild. Let’s keep these communities in our prayers as they face an uphill battle to restore what’s been lost.
- Pray for the families affected by the floods – that God will protect and provide for them.
- Pray for our local partners as they respond to this crisis. Many roads have been badly damaged: pray that our partners will be able to reach people with support.
- Pray for the rain to ease so that communities can have some respite and begin to restore what’s been lost.
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