WFP Steps Up Emergency Response To Flood Victims In Cambodia

Published on 04 November 2011

“Cambodia’s worst floods in more than a decade have forced people from their homes and destroyed their crops. Now, with the price of rice on the rise, the poorest households face the prospect of not having enough to eat. Food support is needed now, and will be needed in the months ahead, as people recover from this disaster.”
WFP Cambodia Country Director, Jean-Pierre de Margerie
 

In Cambodia, WFP’s operation includes:

•    In collaboration with the Government of Cambodia and NGO partners, WFP provided a first round of emergency food assistance to 60,000 of the worst affected people in five provinces in the flood zone;
•    Scaling up this response to reach up to 150,000 people, first with emergency food supplies and then in a recovery phase (with schemes such as food-for work);
•    Working with government and NGO partners to determine how many people are in need and for how long they will need food assistance until they recover. Initial reports are that more than 10 percent of the rice crop has been destroyed;
•    Monitoring the impact of the sharp rise in rice prices largely due to the floods. Ministry of Agriculture figures released this week indicate a 12 percent month on month increase in the price of rice.

Access new video and photo footage gathered by our media team:

Photos:
http://www.wfp.org/countries/Cambodia/Media/Cambodia---WFP-Provides-Emergency-Food-Supplies-in-Flood-Affected-Areas

If you require high resolution photographs for print purposes, please send a request to Rein.Skullerud@wfp.org

Video:
A new video news release and shot-list of WFP flood response is available for download at -  
https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1274547220/92efe6a6efe1901426b3abddeb85c250

Short web-friendly film of WFP’s response available at –
http://www.wfp.org/countries/Cambodia/Media/Food-Arrives-For-Cambodia-Families-Hit-By-Flooding

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Talk to our people in Cambodia/Asia:

Jean-Pierre de Margerie – WFP Country Director in Cambodia, currently directing WFP’s emergency response. Jean-Pierre.deMargerie@wfp.org, + 85 512 812 040

Marcus Prior – Bangkok based Asia Spokesman, recently returned  from affected areas in Cambodia. Marcus.Prior@wfp.org, mob. + 66 81 701 9208

Rosaleen Martin – WFP Cambodia Communications, recently returned from flooded areas. Rosaleen.Martin@wfp.org, + 85 592 941 734