Disaster relief sought as Cambodian floods recede

Three including 15-year-old boat operator detained over ferry mishap that left 11 school children dead.

Cambodians were mopping-up with floods starting to recede after a three-day respite in heavy monsoon rains that have destroyed crops, led to forced evacuations and were partially blamed for the deaths of 11 school children who drowned after their small ferry sank.

Police said on Oct. 17 that three people were detained in connection with the sinking, two were the owners of the vessel and another was the operator, a 15-year-old boy.

Thirteen students and a two-member crew were crossing flooded waters around the Mekong River, southeast of Phnom Penh, after English classes on the night of Oct. 13 and were about 50 meters from shore when the ferry sank. Two students and the two boat operators were found alive.

In full: https://www.ucanews.com/news/disaster-relief-sought-as-cambodian-floods-recede/99106

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