Nearly 40 project families and some of their animals were moved to higher ground near main roads in Prey Veng province, Cambodia, Wednesday as flood waters there continue to rise, Heifer Cambodia Country Director Keo Keang said.

Keang said that while waters are stabilizing in Siem Reap and Banthey Meanchey provinces where Heifer also serves small scale farming families, the situation continues to worsen in Prey Veng. Heifer Cambodia is seeking food, shelter and medicines for the families affected by the floods. Heifer International is also looking into providing emergency relief to the affected families.

Keang said staff is carefully monitoring the waters and is paying special attention to whether Thailand will open their water channels, which could send more water into Cambodia, which lies directly to the east. If that happens conditions will worsen, she said.

Keang informed Heifer International headquaters Tuesday that the flooding was reaching "alarming levels." So far all Heifer families are safe, though many rice farms are damanged and some families have lost their animals. Heifer International is working with Heifer Cambodia to monitor the situation, and Heifer Cambodia is working with other NGOs (World Food Program of the UN, National NGO Network) to provide assistance to flood affected families.

Although Heifer International is not a traditional first-responder, its Disaster Rehabilitation Fund, through the support of generous donors, helps the vulnerable communities that Heifer serves to recuperate after natural disasters that temporarily overwhelm our development efforts. Please consider giving today.  

Photo credit: Cecile Pichon EU/ECHO
Caption: Farmers set up temporary shelters on bridges during flooding in Prey Veng province in 2011. 

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Annie Bergman

Bergman is a Global Communications Manager for Heifer and helps plan, assign and develop content for the nonprofit’s website, magazine and blog. Bergman has interviewed survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, beekeepers in Honduras, women’s groups in India and war widows in Kosovo in her six years at Heifer. Bergman received her bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Australian Aboriginal Studies from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her hobbies include hiking, golfing, cooking, reading and walking her dogs.