A little help in a flooded province Oct 24, 2011 9:12:24 GMT
Post by hwinpp on Oct 24, 2011 9:12:24 GMT
This was the headliner in the Cambodia Daily on 7th Oct.
I remember I read the article but forgot about it instantly, preparing for an upcoming trip to Indonesia and the possibility of floods in Phnom Penh itself were much more urgent.
So I went on the trip, returning on 15th to hear from friends that the situation in Prey Veng had worsened, in fact it was the worst effected area in the country with Kampong Cham.
After settling all there is to settle after a business trip, last Wednesday we started thinking about what we could do. As it was late already I sent out some emails and PMs to friends to see what would be in the inbox the next morning.
Thursday saw a couple of good suggestions coming in that I followed up by phone, finally deciding on contacting the village headman recommended by a guy who'd been recommended by someone from Choice Cambodia.
A whip- around netted close to 1000USD, most coming from my owner and our Viet partner.
From this we paid 60USD for a truck out to just before Neak Luong and down the Mekong a further 20km, 100USD for the boats and about 40USD for food and water for us, a group of 5. The rest was used to buy noodles (rice would have been better) and 'trey kapong', canned sardines in tomato sauce (protein, salt, sugar, indestructible). Not a bad ratio, 20% logistics, 80% emergency products.
Loading the truck.
Crossing the 'Vietnam' bridge.
The usual morning mayhem in Chbar Ampov.
Wouldn't that be nice? And free wifi too!
At the Caltex.
And finally in the open somewhere before or after Kien Svay.
These makeshift huts were everywhere, displaced people with their livestock (special effects courtesy of my camera!).
The schools and pagodas along the highway were dry (L'Imprevu was under about 2 inches though).
Then a short break for coffee (as we didn't stop at KFC). Only one TV on?
More and more cows on the road the closer we got to the Mekong.
And once we'd turned off at Spean Leuk Daek it started getting more and more crowded.
And there was more and more water. Flowing water.
Finally, around 10am, near the first ferry.
Then loading it for the first villagers.