92 pct of Households in Cambodia Get Access to Electricity: Survey

Aerial photo taken on Sept. 20, 2019 shows a view of the Lower Sesan II hydroelectric power station at Sesan District of Stung Treng Province, Cambodia. Photo by Chen Gang/Xinhua

PHNOM PENH -- Ninety-two percent of households in Cambodia have access to electricity, including 99 percent in urban areas and 88 percent in rural areas, said the 2021-2022 Cambodia Demographic and Health Survey released on Tuesday.

"Nearly all of the household population use clean fuels and technologies for lighting, including electricity, solar lanterns, battery-powered or rechargeable flashlights and lanterns, as well as biogas lamps," the survey said.

It also found that 92 percent of households own a mobile phone, 52 percent of households own a television, 17 percent own a radio, and 10 percent own a computer.

"Information Communication Technology (ICT) ownership is generally higher in urban areas, except for radios, which are more common in rural areas," the survey said.

Some 12 percent of women and 6 percent of men aged 15-49 have no education, the survey said, adding that half of women and 58 percent of men have some secondary education or higher, and 81 percent of women and 86 percent of men aged 15-49 are literate.

Currently, women in the Southeast Asian nation have an average of 2.7 children, it said, adding that fertility has declined from 3.8 children per woman in 2000 to 2.7 children per woman in 2022.

Childhood mortality rates have steadily declined, the survey said, adding that since 2000, under-5 mortality has declined from 124 deaths per 1,000 live births to the current rate of 16 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Jointly undertaken by the Planning Ministry's National Institute of Statistics and the Ministry of Health, the survey was conducted on 19,496 women and 8,825 men across the country.

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