The Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, distributed flood relief items to persons with disabilities in the Kampong Speu province

The Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, distributed flood relief items to persons with disabilities in the Kampong Speu province

In addition to COVID-19, Cambodians have recently been impacted by extreme floods that have swept across the country, affecting a number of provinces as well as some areas in Phnom Penh.​ In Kampong Speu, 370 persons with disabilities (including 184 women) were affected by floods.

As part of the Australian Government’s efforts to contribute towards this crisis, the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, H.E Pablo Kang, distributed flood relief items to 400 persons with disabilities in flood affected areas of the Kampong Speu province. The relief items, containing 4,000 kg of rice, 4,000 cans of fish, 1,600 bars of soap and 400 mosquito nets, were distributed on 17 November 2020.

Persons with disabilities are particularly vulnerable in situations of natural disasters. With limited resilience, a sudden shock, such as an economic crisis, or a sudden illness or natural disaster may lead to significant and lasting impacts on their wellbeing and livelihood.

H.E Pablo Kang expressed his heartfelt sympathy towards all flood victims and their families in Kampong Speu and across the country, stating that “the Government of Australia is committed to keeping the most vulnerable, such as persons with disabilities and women affected by violence, at the centre of its response.”

Mr. Ou Sombo, Director of the Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) in Kampong Speu, stated, “flood relief items are crucial for persons with disabilities affected by recent floods. These items will help minimize water-borne infectious diseases that are prevalent during this period, and support affected individuals through the provision of essential food items.”

Mrs. Suon Phearin, a widow with eight children, whose farm and vegetables were destroyed by the floods, expressed her appreciation to the Government of Australia for providing essential relief items during these hard times.

Through the ACCESS Program, the Australian Government is proud to support persons with disabilities to recover following the recent floods across Cambodia.