Vietnamese Families to be Evicted From Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, Government Says

More than 2,000 ethnic Vietnamese living on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake will be evicted from their floating homes, with many moved to settlements on land in nearby Kampong Chhnang province, government officials say.

The move follows a campaign two years ago that saw thousands repatriated to Vietnam from their homes on the Tonle Sap where global warming and overfishing have reduced the seasonal inflow and outflow of water on the environmentally threatened lake.

Speaking to RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Tuesday, government spokesman Phay Siphan said that authorities will review the status of Vietnamese families moved from the lake to ensure they are legally present in the country.

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