CERF provides $4 million to populations affected by flooding in Cambodia

25 October 2011: The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided more than $4 million in life-saving funds for flood-affected populations in Cambodia. Flood waters have displaced over 150,000 people who sought refuge on high ground and along national highways while leaving others stranded and unable to flee the appalling conditions left by the rising waters. In total, the flooding has affected over one million people and led to more than 250 deaths. While some families have been able to return home, over 30,000 households remain displaced and unable to return due to the flooding.

The impact on agriculture and primary livelihoods has left thousands of families dependant on day-to-day subsistence from farming without food stocks or a means of income. The flooding struck Cambodia just before the crucial rice harvest season.
 
Farmers have lost some 320,000 hectares of rice as well as essential livestock. The floods have affected many communities which already suffered from food insecurity and high levels of malnutrition. Nutrition among under-five children is a concern, with the loss of food stocks at the household level. Child protection and child welfare are also seen as priorities. These challenges are further compounded by the lack of access to primary services such as health clinics and the resulting lack of health care.
 
The World Food Programme (WFP) received $ 2.5 million dollars for flood-affected households in Cambodia. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) received $965,000 to provide emergency education and water and sanitation interventions to communes, schools and health facilities. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) received $219,000 targeted for emergency agricultural assistance for returning flood-affected farmers. More than $342,000 was allocated to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assist displaced households 
 
CERF funds will be used for the most vulnerable flood-affected people based on initial United Nations assessments. United Nations agencies, in close cooperation with the national government and NGOs, will address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable flood-affected persons.
 

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