Taiwan charity group helps flood victims in Cambodia

09/19/2018 08:12 PM
Photo courtesy of Tzu Chi Foundation
Photo courtesy of Tzu Chi Foundation

Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations in Taiwan, recently provided relief aid to flood victims in Cambodia, distributing food to nearly 3,000 households, according to a statement from the foundation Wednesday.

In collaboration with local authorities, Tzu Chi volunteers visited flood victims on several occasions in July and August in the wake of flooding along the Mekong River caused by a dam failure in Laos and heavy rain brought by the earlier-than-expected seasonal monsoon at the end of July, the statement said.

During their visits conducted in July and August, Tzu Chi volunteers distributed bread to 200 households affected by the flooding, it said.

Earlier this month when the rain eased and the floods dissipated, the volunteers visited two hard-hit areas on the banks of the Mekong River in Kampong Cham Province and distributed 40 kilograms of rice provided by Taiwan's Council of Agriculture, a box of vegetarian instant noodles and bread, enough for one month for a family of four, to each of 879 households in seven villages, it said.

In the middle of this month, the volunteers visited flood victims in Tboung Khmum Province and distributed food to over 2,000 households, the statement added.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Romulo Huang)

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