Siem Reap

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Drowned - Flood survivors - Siem Reap - 2011


The 2011 year has been marked by an exceptional flood in Thailand, resulted in a total of 815 deaths and 13.6 million people affected. This disaster made headline news for weeks, and most of us may remember it.

But the flood also affected adjacent countries, such as Cambodia. During my travel there, I met some farmers who converted to tuk-tuk drivers, as their land crops were totally devastated. Also, aids provided by the government wasn't enough to feed families that count 3.3 children per woman in rural areas (2010).

This picture has been taken on the way to Chong Khneas Floating Village. Those palm trees are usually never flooded. But the lake was so high that time, that a sudden thunderstorm changed the lake into a violent and wavy sea for a couple of minutes.