Cash Relief Ends for Flood Victims

People push a motor-cart through floodwaters on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on October 28, 2021, following heavy monsoon rains. Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

PHNOM PENH – A cash relief program for those affected by floods is to end after about $11.6 million was paid out.

The program was launched on Dec. 10 along with another for those affected by inflation.

The programs were divided into three phases with the first phase launched on Dec. 10. The second was due to start on April 10, and the third on July 10.

The inflation program will continue but the second and third phases of the flood program will not go ahead. The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation has given those affected by floods a week to file applications for relief.

So far, nearly 100,000 households have received a total of more than 23 billion riel (about $6 million) in flood relief. A total of 17 billion riel (approximately $4.5 million) has also been given to more than 370,000 family members.

Aid of more than two billion riel (about $500,000) reached 43,225 children aged up to five. Another 6,000 disabled people got more than 285 million riel ($70,000) in total, and 57,000 people aged 60 and above got 2.7 billion riel ($680,000).

The ministry said vulnerable households affected by flooding will continue receiving aid for inflation from the second phase with new accounts provided by the Social Assistance Fund.

Related Articles