ADB Issues Emergency Grant for Flood-hit Cambodia

    The Asian Development Bank is drawing $3 million from its quick-disbursing fund to support disaster response in Cambodia, which is reeling from its worst flooding in more than a decade.

    The floods have destroyed more than a tenth of Cambodia’s rice crops, and badly damaged rural roads and irrigation systems. The final cost of the damage, according to ADB, would likely be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

    The grant from the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund will be used to enable rural communities to replant rice quickly and support a cash-for-work program designed to restore road access and provide jobs.

    ADB has also pledged to help Cambodia rehabilitate roads and irrigation systems and is considering plans to develop data systems as well as early warning and response mechanisms to improve the country’s resilience to floods. 

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