Flooding at the Samaki I, II and III Relocation Sites

15:14 Oct 15 2010 11.545317,104.801736


These three communities are located near each other in Phum Samaki 1, Sangkat Tropaing Krosaing, Khan Dangkor, Phnom Penh. All three were affected by flooding caused by heavy rains on 11 October, 2010. In Samaki I, where there are around 300 families, about 50% of households were affected by flood waters of around 0.25 meters deep. Some properties were wet and damaged. Among 50% of all households in the community, there were 2 families who were forced to go stay with their relatives. The flooding caused many kind of health problems such as skin allergies, sore eyes, diarrhea, and coughing. Also, there was an influx of creatures such as snakes, earthworms and eels, but these did no harm to the residents. There is bad drainage system in this community, and so water drains very slowly. By Thursday, 14 October, 2010, the level of the flood waters had decreased by about 70%. Besides health problems, parents were afraid to let their children go to school on account of the many ponds in the area. In Samaki II, 186 households were flooded by waters up to about knee-level. Because of the flooding, around 10 families temporarily moved to stay in the front yard of neighbor’s house. The drainage system was blocked by waste, preventing the flood waters to diminish. By Friday, 15 October, 2010, the level of the flood waters had decreased to about 0.1 meter. Some residents experienced skin allergies and dirrhea from exposure to the flood waters. In addition, children could not go to school, and some property in houses was wet and damaged. In Samaki III, most of the 260 households in the community were affected by flooding with water at around knee-level. Around 50% of the households were forced to move temporarily to the waste kiln center. On Friday, 15 October, 2010, water levels were still the same on account of the poor drainage system in the community.

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