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Leader Again Appeals for Flood Relief

October 11, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Prime Minister Hun Sen said that damage from Cambodia's worst flooding in history has reached $79 million, and he appealed again for international aid. The prime minister said that 2.7 million people were affected and that 1.3 million of those were in urgent need of food, housing and medicine. In all, 252 people have died in the flooding, he said. The government is facing a "critical situation" even though waters are receding, Hun Sen said in the village of Kompong Reap Krom, 50 miles from the capital, Phnom Penh.

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