Water released after the collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydropower Dam in south-east Laos has caused a dramatic rise in water level in the Sekong River flowing through Cambodia’s Stung Treng province.
By 3:10 pm on 26 July 2018, the river level in Siem Pang district was above the danger level at 12.1 metres. Cambodia’s state news agency Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that the Stung Treng provincial authority was working around the clock to evacuate about 25,000 residents from the danger area.
On 27 July, authorities reported that 1,289 families were so far affected by flooding. Local media reported a shortage of tents, food, clean water and items related to sanitation.
Heavy rain contributed to a rise in the Mekong River.
By 29 August, 30 people had died as result of flooding, 99,685 families had been affected, 41,344 ha of farms had been inundated and 16,804 ha of farmland had been damaged according to the National Committee for Disaster Management.
Meanwhile, eight provinces were affected by drought.
Cambodian Communities out of Crisis appeals for donations to provide assistance to people affected by the flooding. Money that is given will be channelled through our trusted Cambodian partner, the Living Hope in Christ Church.