Gripped By Drought, Cambodian Farmers Struggle Against Changing Climate

Cambodian farmers harvest rice in two seasons: the rainy and dry seasons.

Trapaing Thmar reservoir, the largest of the Khmer Rouge regime’s irrigation projects built atop the bones of the dead, is running dry amid one of the worst droughts to hit Cambodia in living memory.

In northwestern Cambodia, over 400 kilometers from Phnom Penh, the vast protected area serves as a crucially important water store for thousands of rice farmers and their families in Phnom Srok district and other neighboring areas.

Trapaing Thmar reservoir also provides a home to a number of endangered species, including the Sarus crane.

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