July 27, 2020

High and dry: developed Cambodian wetlands raise flood risk

Phnom Penh (AFP) – More than a million Cambodians are at risk from increased flooding and worsening food security, NGOs warned Monday, due to the destruction and gradual filling-in of Phnom Penh’s wetlands by politically connected developers.Historically a city of lakes, the Cambodian capital has developed rapidly in recent decades, replacing its various bodies of water with urban sprawl and towering skyscrapers.One of its last remaining large lakes is Boeung Tompun, in the city’s south, which gives way to the 1,500-hectare (3,700-acre) swampy Choeung Ek wetlands.But a report released Monday b…

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