Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless and without food following the worst floods to hit the south-east Asian country in 11 years. Heavy rain swamped homes, washed away bridges and forced thousands of people to evacuate. Vital health services and livelihoods have been disrupted for people living with HIV (PLHIV), children affected by AIDS and their families.
Impact on PLHIV
The latest information from the community based organisations that KHANA supports shows that at least 2,700 households have suffered flood damage, and many people have been displaced.
Transport costs have been vastly inflated, which is restricting access to food, health services and medicine. Immediate requests are for shelter, food, water purification and transport costs. In the longer term, people will need support to rebuild homes, replant crops and replace livestock.
Dr Oum Sopheap, Executive Director of KHANA said: ‘The problem is more serious and more widespread than we expected. In fact the situation should be treated as an emergency now and we must mobilise resources for both immediate relief and a longer-term response to restore people’s livelihoods’.
KHANA’s European Commission (EC) Livelihood Learning Centre, which normally provides training for people living with HIV and other vulnerable populations in gardening, keeping livestock, business skills and financial management, is totally submerged in the flooding. The water has damaged the newly built classroom and residential facilities. Gardens and crops have been destroyed and over 2,000 fish lost from the ponds.
Dr Sopheap added, ‘If flood waters continue to rise, the Centre’s stock of chickens and ducks will have to be moved to another site. The flood damage will need to be assessed and the future of the Centre is uncertain.’
Heavy flooding is expected to continue and possibly increase in the coming days, and the impact is likely to be particularly severe for people living with HIV (PLHIV), children affected by AIDS and their families.
Appeal for help
As a result KHANA is appealing for financial contributions to support its beneficiaries with immediate needs and to contribute to rebuilding homes and livelihoods.
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The situation should be treated as an emergency now.