When floodwaters swept a chunk of riverbank into the Mekong just south of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, Sun Ramaly managed to save her clothes and her kitchen utensils. Her one-room shack, however, crumbled into the river.
Along with a handful of families whose meagre possessions were also washed away in 2002, Ramaly collected any scraps of timber and tin she could find and walked up the riverbank to find a place to rebuild.
“We are from the lowest economic class. We don’t have land, so we don’t have options,” Ramaly told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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