Food aid to flood victims in Cambodia scaled up

Villagers on this Mekong river island receive much-needed food and supplies

The World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up its response to the devastating floods in Cambodia –the worst to hit this poor South East Asian nation in 10 years.

1.6 million people have been affected and 240,000 have had to leave their homes.

So far, WFP has helped 60,000 of the most vulnerable, providing each family with 50 kilos of rice a month.

Destroyed rice fields have led to a hike in rice prices and WFP aims to expand its aid operation to 150,000 people over the next 12 months.

Gaelle Sevneir is WFP spokesperson.

"The problem is that we are talking 10 per cent of the rice being destroyed and also food prices that are becoming really higher. So this is the thing there will be an impact on the people over the next months. We are not just talking about right now but people will need assistance over the 12 coming months."

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