More Than 1,000 Families in Cambodia Suffer After Flooding of Mekong River Tributary

More than 1,000 families in northeast Cambodia’s Stung Treng province are facing extreme difficulties after heavy rainfall led a tributary of the Mekong River to flood their commune for the third time in a month, according to residents, who said a controversial hydropower dam was to blame.

Pey Mey, a resident of Sesan district’s Talat commune, told RFA’s Khmer Service on Tuesday that the Sesan River had overflowed its banks for the third time since the end of July, forcing the families from five villages in the commune to evacuate to higher ground.

After a week living in a tent community above the inundated village tracts, and with rain continuing to fall, the families are now facing a shortage of food and fresh water, as well as a lack of sanitary conditions, he added.

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