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Cambodia: Flood Damage Emergency Reconstruction Project
Workers begin laying foundation-stone for a newly constructed bridge in Kampong Cham province.
The flooding of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap hit Cambodia hard in 2011. 18 out of 24 provinces in the country experienced inundation, 250 people died, and more than 1.7 million were affected. More than 400,000 hectares (ha) of rice crops were affected of which almost 230,000 ha were severely damaged or destroyed (9.3% of the cultivated area). 1,675 livestock were lost, and more than 70,000 drinking water wells were contaminated.
The floods caused $625 million worth of losses and damages, with infrastructure damage pegged at $376 million - including roads (national, provincial, and rural); irrigation facilities; water supply and sanitation facilities; schools; and health centers.
The flooding posed a serious challenge to development and the livelihoods of people; particularly on the poor and socially disadvantaged, such as women and children.
The $60 million Flood Damage Emergency Reconstruction Project (FDERP) will rebuild 524 kilometers of roads, six bridges and 26 irrigation systems in six severely-affected provinces, including Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng, and Siem Reap. The project will improve access to market and social services, restore people's livelihoods by increasing agriculture productivity and help strengthen disaster management systems at all levels. The project will provide short-term employment and much-needed income to poor women and men through jobs on rehabilitating damaged roads and irrigation infrastructure.
19 February 2013: Latest Project Photos
The newly constructed bridge in Kampong Cham province will provide better access to markets, schools, and social services
The construction of the bridge will provide better transportation for communities in Kampong Cham province that will enable them to improve their livelihood
25 October 2012: Location Maps of Flood Damaged Areas
- Flood Damaged Rural Roads in Banteay Meanchey
- Flood Damaged Rural Roads in Prey Veng Province
- Flood Damaged Rural Roads in Siem Reap Province
- Flood Damaged Rural Roads in Kampong Thom Province
- Flood Damaged Rural Roads in Kampong Cham Province
- Flood Damaged Irrigation System in Five Provinces (Khmer)
- Flood Damaged Irrigation System in Prey Veng Province (Khmer)
- Flood Damaged Toul Skea Irrigation Canal in Prey Veng province (Khmer)
10 September 2012: ADB releases up-to-date factsheets on progress of the Flood Damage Emergency Reconstruction Project.
05 September 2012: ADB organizes Media Tour of Reconstructed Infrastructure
ADB accompanied more than 20 media representatives to view the reconstructed flood-damaged rural roads, bridges, dikes and irrigation schemes under the Flood Damage Emergency Reconstruction Project in Kampong Cham and Prey Veng provinces. See the media guide.
News from this day:
- ADB has a long road ahead after big flood (scanned image from Phnom Penh Post, 05 September 2012)
- Bank to provide $55 million to repair flood damage (scanned image from Cambodia Daily, 05 September 2012)
- The road to recovery (scanned image from Phnom Penh Post, 05 September 2012)
- Video: Rebuilding after record floods (Phnom Penh Post, 05 September 2012)
04 September 2012: ADB Briefs Media on the Flood Damage Emergency Reconstruction Project for Press Trip
Phnom Penh, Cambodia: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday held a briefing with 20 journalists about an upcoming press trip to view progress of the Flood Damage Emergency Reconstruction Project (FDERP), a joint project of ADB and the governments of Australia and Cambodia.
The press trip on 5 September 2012 will take journalists to Kampong Cham and Prey Veng provinces to see the $1.25 million reconstruction of a road and a bridge known as KC1B, the $3.38 million rehabilitation of a dyke and bridge known as CW1, and the $1.96 million reconstruction of another bridge known as CW2.
The $67.18 million FDERP will rebuild or repair 524 kilometers of roads, six bridges and 26 irrigation systems in six provinces severely affected by the 2011 floods, including Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng, and Siem Reap.
"The rehabilitation of roads, bridges and irrigation schemes will not only improve agricultural productivity and access to markets and social services, it will also provide short-term employment opportunity to poor women and men" said Peter Brimble, Deputy Country Director of ADB Cambodia Resident Mission at the briefing.
FDERP is a three-year project, concluding in 2015, with a $55 million in concession loan from ADB, a $5.25 million grant from the Government of Australia, and $6.93 million from the Cambodian government.