U.S. Provides More Flood Recovery Assistance to Cambodia
AKP Phnom Penh, November 24, 2020 --
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing additional recovery assistance to support Cambodian communities affected by recent flooding.
The assistance was announced at a press conference held here this morning.
According to a press release, the United States, through the USAID, provided US$600,000 in additional humanitarian assistance to support response efforts to severe flooding in Cambodia caused by multiple tropical storms and prolonged torrential rain since early October.
“We were moved by the significant needs of many vulnerable Cambodian people, brought on by this year’s floods,” noted U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Patrick Murphy. “The United States is providing this additional relief in solidary with communities affected by the floods.”
With the additional assistance, USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance is supporting the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency assistance to help 3,725 affected families purchase food.
The assistance builds on an initial US$100,000 provided to WFP in the immediate aftermath of the floods to distribute emergency food to more than 2,560 families in the hardest-hit areas of Pursat province.
“We thank USAID for this additional support to vulnerable families affected by the floods,’ noted WFP Representative Ms. Claire Conan. “This assistance will be critical to their recovery, especially since many of them also suffer from the effects of the pandemic. WFP will work closely with the government and partners in this new phase of the floods response.”
With USAID support, WFP has helped strengthen the national disaster management information system of the Cambodia National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), said the press release, adding that this has contributed to NCDM’s ability to monitor risks and impacts as the flooding occurred as to quickly mobilise resources to respond in affected areas.
Since 2002, USAID has provided nearly US$13 million in disaster response, preparedness, and risk reduction assistance in Cambodia.
(Photo: Lanh Visal & El Vattanac)
By Chea Vannak