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.
On 2 August, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management said three victims had died during the floods in Stung Treng and Kampong Cham provinces and that floods had now affected 16 districts in four provinces.
According to a preliminary report from the Ministry of Agriculture on 8 August, More than 3,000 ha of paddy fields were destroyed and 20,000 ha damaged by floods in the provinces of Stung Treng, Kratie, Kampong Cham, and Tbong Khmum.
A further report on 13 August stated 15 people including seven children had died from drowning and 5,811 had been evacuated. Floods had submerged 28,540 hectares of rice paddy and crops in six provinces.
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.