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Workers roll a garment factory’s carts through floodwaters in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district on October 22, 2020. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Financial Woes Mount on Flooded Factory Workers, Dangkao Community

Residents in Phnom Penh’s flooded Dangkao district say they are running out of options as food prices rise and bills arrive, but the incomes of thousands in the community have been disrupted after floodwaters halted production at the neighborhood’s main employer.

Residents are rescued from floodwaters in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district on October 17, 2020. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Floodwaters Disrupt Production at Factories, Affecting 16,000 Workers

About 16,000 factory workers are currently unable to go to work due to flooding in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kandal and Takeo, the Labor Ministry said on Wednesday, with an economist warning of a hit to the economy and rising prices due to the recent extreme weather.

People are evacuated by boat due to flooding in Kampong Speu province's Chbar Mon City on October 14, 2020, in this photo supplied by Kampong Speu governor Vei Samnang.

Rising Rivers Flood Schools, Prisons, Over 180,000 Hectares of Farms

Naval officers were deployed Wednesday afternoon for evacuations in Kampong Speu province amid ongoing nationwide flooding that has hit more than 60,000 houses in just three of the affected provinces, and inundated at least 180,000 hectares of farmland since last week.