Flood Update – Cambodia/Thai Border

A first hand report from Vuthaya Charoenpal (Ann), Peuan Peuan (Friends Thailand) Country Program Director, on the flood situation in Poipet and Aranyaprathet, which straddle the border between Cambodia and Thailand…


Floodwater in Poipet

On Tuesday 8th, my trip from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet lasted almost 6 hours, longer than the usual 4 hours bus ride, due to heavily flood affected areas nearby Aran. The driver had to take another route to reach the same destination, Aranyaprathet, border town to Poipet.

 young survival

There had been a couple of situation reports of flooding in some areas of Poipet. On Wednesday 9th, Vorleak, the Peuan Peuan Aran social worker took me on a field visit.  This is the second flood that I have experienced, the first being in Bangkok. Though it’s a different setting, there are many similarities in hardship from this natural disaster.

 flooded area

Over 50 families with more than 100 children have had to leave their homes to stay in a temporary ‘evacuation space’.  There are serious concerns about availability of portable water, sanitation, personal hygiene and medical treatment for sick people, especially children.  Obviously, children are now out of school too as most schools have now closed due to the flood.


Waiting for medical treatment

Waiting for medical treatment

happy in teh face of adversity - over 100 children are at the evacuation center

happy in the face of adversity – over 100 children are at the evacuation center

Apart from basic living needs for all, child protection is critical – we want to ensure that children are prevented from any violence or danger, or being abused, neglected and exploited due to this situation.  Peuan Peuan Aran is now getting all evacuees registered and preparing to provide support based on their need.


Friends Social Worker visiting flood affected family

We are also coordinating community based agencies to respond and support those families, especially children, affected by flood.


Friends Social Worker visiting flood affected family

Friends Social Worker visiting flood affected family

Here, together we must learn and prepare for other natural disasters that may hit in the future to ensure that all our existing community based agencies are ready to act, support and especially protect our little ones.’

To donate to the Friends response to flood relief across Cambodia, please click here and select ’emergency support’ from the drop down box.


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2 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    Interesting to read this having just read the article on the misuse of ‘pity’ photographs, etc, of children to raise funds. Just shows how difficult that is in reality.

    • Friends-International says:

      Thanks for your comment Jen. Yes, as the ‘Pity Charity’ blog pointed out, this is a very difficult area. Whereas this article is reportage of a real emergency situation, affecting many thousands of children and adults, and one which needed an immediate response that only emergency funds could provide, the ‘Pity Charity’ blog really focused on those organizations who zoom in on an individual child as the center of a media piece, film, campaign etc to raise funds, or who use (or twist) that child’s personal story to suit their ends, ultimately damaging the child in the process. The blog was designed to get people thinking about this, and to spark debate on the issue, and we are delighted that it has done so and brought this into the public domain.

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