The back-to-back typhoons and unrelenting monsoon rains in south-east Asia caused the worst flooding in 50 years in Cambodia. Coming just before crucial rice harvest season, the floods affected 18 out of the country’s 24 provinces. Around 1.6 million people were affected and are struggling to resume normal life as the flood waters slowly recede.
In mid-October, OCHA deployed a Khmer-speaking staff member from its nearby Regional Office in Bangkok. His work involved assisting the UN Disaster Management Team and the UN Resident Coordinator in formulating a targeted response to the flooding, while securing funds to bolster relief efforts and assistance to the Royal Government of Cambodia.