After a devastating storm has left major parts of Cambodia submerged under water, the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales (Cafod), has merged with other agencies to help the country in need. Heavy rain falls that struck Cambodia during the past month have left most villages under water that has damaged houses, infrastructures, and pathways.

The places that are mostly affected are areas along the riverbanks of the Mekong river located in the north west, central, and southern Cambodia. Almost two-thirds of the country is affected with 16 out of its 24 provinces underneath water including its capital Phnom Phen. There is an extensive damage caused by the flood. Roads are no longer passable, most buildings, homes, and infrastructures are washed away by the flood, and the crops have all been destroyed.

Along with Cambodia’s Development and Partnership in Action (DPA), these agencies are trying to help reach out people who are in dire need of reaching hire grounds while the Development and Partnership in Action donates clean drinking water, food, and sanitary kit in evacuation centers to prevent the spread of disease among the evacuees.

Catherine Cowley of Cafod said that, although the water level in the Mekong River is dropping low, the presence of bad weather upstream may still cause erratic flooding in the villages. She noted how, in situations like these, it is usually the poorest people badly affected and in need of the support and aid of the government and other charitable institutions to help them get by.
The best thing that they could do as of the moment is to give support to Cambodian National Committee for Disaster Management who will lead in the management of responses and keep those who are affected by the disaster in their thoughts and prayers. They have been in Cambodia since 1980s to help with their issues regarding HIV and AIDS and to teach them of their land rights and how to respond in a crisis such as this.

The CAFOD or what is known as the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development was establish in the 1960 to aid in disaster management, set long-term programs to eliminate poverty, raise public awareness to the less fortunate. This agency is funded by catholic communities in England and Wales, the British Government, and public donations.

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