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Cambodia: Floods - Sep 2013

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Heavy rains starting in the third week of September 2013 resulted in floods in 20 provinces throughout the north-west and along the Mekong River in central and southern Cambodia, killing 188 people and affecting more than 1.7 million. At the height of the floods, more than 144,000 people had been evacuated. As of 8 Nov, waters had receded in the majority of the provinces, although extended areas remained flooded particularly in Banteay Meancheay and Battambang, as well in the central provinces like Kampong Cham and Prey Veng. (Cambodia Humanitarian Response Forum, 8 Nov 2013)

By the end of November, waters had mostly receded from all provinces, with the exception of Kampong Chhnang, where the impact of Tropical Storm Krosa at the end of October caused longer stagnation of water. With the recession of waters, people resumed their livelihood activities, in particular farming. Compared to the events in 2011, floods in 2013 appear to have been less extensive in scale, although in some provinces the impact – including number of evacuated families, damaged crops, damaged infrastructure - was more significant due to a combination of factors such as: unexpected gravity of the floods, both in extent and intensity, longer time for waters to recede, repeated floods and flash floods, limited preparedness undertaken in advance, limited early warning. (Cambodia Humanitarian Response Forum, 7 Dec 2013)