Homes near Tonle Sap River in Cambodia stand on long pillars in order to avoid flooding during the rainy season. This year most of them are submerged by the flood waters.
“I am afraid of getting bit and sting by water snake, scorpion and centipede,” says Sory, 10. Sory has already been bitten by a scorpion due to the flood waters.
“At my house, the water is up till my waist. We moved to this place since 17 days before. I am here with my father, mother, and other three younger siblings.” Sory and her family are staying with neighbours until the flood waters recede.
Approximately 1,972 people, including 296 children and their cattle are squeezed together on the safety hill, Satharam pagoda.
“I am afraid of getting bit and sting by water snake, scorpion and centipede,” says Sory
“It is very hard for us to live in this situation, because it very crowded. I feel stuffy. And I am afraid that my children would get drown. And I am afraid that they would get sick,” says Sory’s mother, 35.
Sory’s family is one of many who received a basic relief kit from World Vision.
“My family received rice, can fish, instant noodle, water containers, life jackets, tarpaulins, mosquito-nets, blankets, Sarong skirt and soap she says adding, “I am very happy with these, because these are very important for us.”
The water level is still high and many families face months of food shortages.
The official death toll stands at 247 deaths (around 52 children), more are feared dead. Over 272,000 households have been affected by the flooding.
World Vision has distributed food, temporary shelter, blankets, mosquito nets, hygiene kits and water purification powder to approximately 2,200 families in affected areas. World Vision has also established child friendly spaces providing 300 children a safe place to rest and play.