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Thursday, November 3, 2011

ADB provides 3 mln USD to Cambodia for urgent needs after flood havoc

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PHNOM PENH, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing emergency humanitarian assistance of 3 million U.S. dollars to work with the Cambodian government to help meet some of its most critical needs in the wake of the country's worst flooding in over a decade, according to the bank's press release on Thursday.
"The severe flooding has had a dramatic impact on the livelihoods of the Cambodian population, especially poor farmers in  remote areas," said Peter Brimble, ADB senior country economist in Cambodia.
"Many communities are in urgent need of assistance to reconnect with supply centers and to rebuild their lives."
The grant from the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund will be used to supply rice seed to rural households whose crops have  been lost, along with food and cash-for-work schemes that will allow affected communities to repair flood-damaged roads, it said.
Support will also be given for temporary repairs to irrigation canals.
Cambodia has suffered the worst flooding in the last decade since August and 18 cities and provinces have been submerged.
More than 250 people have died and over 1.5 million have been affected by the flooding along the Mekong and other key rivers  over the past two months, which has destroyed or damaged more than 10 percent of the country's rice crop.
Rural roads and irrigation systems have also been badly hit, and the final cost of the devastation is expected to be in the  hundreds of millions of dollars.
ADB's emergency support will allow rural communities to quickly replant rice while the cash for work program will help  restore road access to essential services and provide badly-needed jobs.
ADB has also been discussing possible activities to develop data systems and early warning and response mechanisms that  would help Cambodia become more resilient to floods, which are expected to worsen in future as a result of climate change, said  the press release.

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