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Waters rise in Cambodia after deadly floods kill 30

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At least 30 people have been killed in floods in Cambodia as heavy monsoon rains have drowned provinces along the Mekong river, raising fears the country is set for a repeat of the 1996 floods, which killed 170 and affected a million people nationwide.

The Mekong has burst its banks in several places, forcing tens of thousands of people to higher ground.

“We are short of food and facing difficulties moving around. It is better for those who have boats but I do not have one so I have to walk through the water every time I need to go anywhere,” said one man.

The capital Phnom Penh is not being spared. Around 25,000 hectares of rice paddies have been destroyed, and it is a similar story in neighbouring Vietnam, which has been hit by Typhoon Wutip, Laos, and Thailand.

While Wutip has been downgraded to a tropical storm it does not make it any less deadly or damaging for Laos and Cambodia, where water levels are still rising.