It was late at night when water from the engorged Prek Tnaut River started spilling into Yoeu Phally’s two-story concrete house on the southern fringe of Phnom Penh.
“By 11 p.m., everything was floating,” Phally, a rice farmer, told Nikkei Asia. “We never thought it would rise that high.”
Nearby, monks at Wat Har Pagoda grabbed essentials before building a makeshift dike of sand and plastic outside a temple door in an attempt to keep floodwaters out.
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