Country Is Prepared for Heavy Rains, Disaster Committee Says

To make sure Cambodia is ready for potential devastating floods, government officials have created an emergency preparedness plan that includes storing 16,000 tons of milled rice and putting 3,500 armed forces on reserve. [Nhim Vanda, first vice president in charge of the National Committee for Disaster Management said] that the government spent millions of dollars last year when the worst floods in a decade wiped out hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops and killed more than 250 people. The government was widely criticized at the time for its response to the floods. … This year, Cambodia is enlisting the help of more than 10 NGOs, including Save the Children, Plan International and Caritas Cambodia, along with foreign goovernment institutions such as USAID and AusAid. … Other plans include preparing temporary shelters and transportation,….