Banteay Meanchey, Pailin, Pursat Battambang, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom and many other provinces have been reported by various media that they are being massively affected by the flood. By the morning of October 09th, 2013, the National Television known as TVK reported that Pursat the province that has never had such huge flood is facing the immeasurably flood almost as much as Battambang. Also, from the same source of the news, thousands of families and their possessions such as poultries, cattle and some belongings moving to temporary safer places until the water recedes.
From the reports of various media in Cambodia, the effect of the flood has had caused thousands of houses damaged, and more than 100 people died over the country. Another immense matter is, some roads are cut which have caused a lot of difficulties for transportation and business, and accessibility to food is not an exception. Some people are now traveling by boat and using boat to run their business, while the people who have no boat just walk or swim for travelling. Domestic markets have started to run only in the morning. Some students have stopped going to school for a while since the flooded schools are on hiatus.
Luck for Somaly House
Though Kampong Cham, which is one of the rest provinces affecting by the flood, is not as severe as the mentioned provinces above, the people living in affected areas by the flood, according to the article of CEN (Cambodia Express News) posted on the 8th of October, 2013, are calling for help. Some people are now traveling by boat and using boat to run their business, while the people who have no boat just walk or swim for travelling. Domestic markets have started to run only in the morning. Some students have stopped going to school for a while since the flooded schools are on hiatus.
From September 27th to October 04th of 2013, Somaly House had been insignificantly flooded. Somaly House, located in Kampong Cham province, also formerly known as Kampong Cham shelter of AFESIP, is caring 73 residents. They are all residing in the dormitories of the shelter, receiving in-shelter courses and going to public schools. The residents in Somaly House were not able to go to schools due to the flood from the mentioned date above.
Since AFESIP’s shelters have had tremendously experienced the flood from the previous years, AFESIP head office already delivered the necessary items for Somaly House such as dry as well as canned food, rice and medicines for 3-month consumption. With the purpose of avoiding the unforeseen disastrous situation to the girls in the shelter, one doctor was being sent from Phnom Penh to stay over for a few days. Additionally, AFESIP staffs are alertly ready to move the girls from Somaly House to Phnom Penh anytime the flood would cause the extreme damage.
Luckily, starting from October 5th of 2012, the flood has receded. The residents are going to school as before the flood. Now the residents are safe and sound.
One Worry to Disappear, Yet Another worry to Play still...
AFESIP had been utterly worried over its residents of the 3 shelters for the 3 past weeks, especially Somaly House. The residents were not able to go to school for like a week. And currently the 3 shelters of AFESIP are entirely safe. However, aside from the in-shelter beneficiaries, the reintegrated girls and women as well as their families are still under concerns of AFESIP.
AFESIP is currently trying to reach out to its beneficiaries who are reintegrated women and girls living across 24 cities/provinces of Cambodia and being affected by the flood. And surely the family of the reintegrated women and girls are not excluded. They are definitely also the beneficiaries of AFESIP. According to the news, thousand families over the countries are affected and damaged of the infamous flood, AFESIP are greatly concerned and worried about them. AFESIP staffs are trying to contact the beneficiaries and standing on assistance mode for them. In the previous years, AFESIP had delivered humanitarian supports such as rice, money, food, medicines and other necessary items. And assuredly AFESIP is going to do the same this year for the beneficiaries being the victims as well as at risk from the flood. Please stay tuned for the updates from AFESIP via its website.
AFESIP is very grateful to each and every supporter who has been very cooperative and collaborative in providing assistance in monetary as well as physical donation. The delivered necessary items to the shelter are purely from the supporters. All the donations are very helpful for the girls and women who are surviving in the mentioned situation. The kindness of the supporters has lied in the heart of AFESIP’s beneficiaries as well as the AFESIP staffs.