The United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), yesterday provided $600,000 in humanitarian assistance to support the flood-response in Cambodia.
US Ambassador Patrick Murphy said yesterday that Cambodia has experienced serious flooding recently that has caused families and communities to suffer, even more so due to the pandemic.
He said that some families have lost their livelihoods and crops, so the US is continuing to provide relief via the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
“We hope that this contribution will help victim’s families,” he said. “We were moved by the significant needs of many vulnerable Cambodian people brought on by this year’s floods,” he added.
He said that the US is providing this additional relief in solidarity with communities affected by the floods.
With this additional funding, USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance is supporting the WFP to provide emergency assistance to help 3,725 affected families purchase food.
This assistance builds on the initial $100,000 USAID provided to WFP in the immediate aftermath of the floods to distribute emergency food to more than 2,560 families in the hardest-hit areas of Pursat province.
WFP representative Claire Conan said yesterday that WFP thanks USAID for this additional support to vulnerable families affected by the floods.
She said that WFP will use the money in Pursat province and after that in Battambang province. “We will work closely with the government and partners in this new phase of the flood-response.”
“This assistance will be critical to their recovery, especially since many of them are also suffering the effects of the pandemic,” she added.
She said that WFP has helped strengthen the system of the Cambodia National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).
“This has contributed to NCDM’s ability to monitor risks and impacts as the flooding occurred and to quickly mobilise resources to respond in affected areas,” she said.
WFP also supported the Humanitarian Response Forum helping to coordinate the flood response across sectors and produce flood situation reports during the crisis.
Since 2000, USAID has provided nearly $13 million in disaster response, preparedness and risk reduction in Cambodia. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.