Hundreds evicted from Cambodian floating villages

Most are ethnic Vietnamese with nowhere to go as borders remain closed amid the pandemic.

Authorities in Cambodian capital Phnom Penh have been sharply criticized for evicting hundreds of people and dismantling their house boats on the Mekong River, where families have carved out a lifestyle around fishing for generations.

Embittered residents of the floating communities say they have nowhere to go, particularly amid the pandemic, which has limited travel and resulted in the closure of the border with Vietnam.

Eviction notices, with little warning, were issued by the Phnom Penh Municipality following complaints the communities were little more than “floating slums” littered with plastic bags, raw sewage and other refuse along the Tonle Sap, a tributary of the Mekong.

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