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Red Cross aids poisoning victims

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Official from Cambodian Red Cross handed over gift to villagers after released from hospital. Fresh News

The Cambodian Red Cross today dispersed supplies to hundreds of Kratie province villagers who were discharged from hospital after they recovered from poisoning that left 13 dead.

Local authorities said that Uy Sam Ath, director of the disaster management department with the Cambodian Red Cross, provided rice, scarves and canned goods to 376 villagers from two Chetr Borei district communes who went through the traumatizing ordeal.

Chneang Sovutha, director of the provincial health department, said that CRC representatives provided rice, canned goods, noodles, and other non-perishables items to nearly 400 villagers.

On Monday, Mr Sovutha said that villagers had recovered and were allowed to return home.

Phat Chhum, Sre Non village chief in Kantout commune, said that 205 of his villagers received the supplies from CRC.

Mr Chhum said that high-level officials must speed up the digging of wells for villagers because water is vital for their everyday use.

“Some villagers need water for other day to day activities such as taking a bath,” he said.

Mr Chhum said that families of the 13 victims who died in the incident received about $500 dollars each and four bags of rice from CRC.

Full story on Wednesday’s paper

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