Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Vietnam, Cambodia Floods Affect Millions Thousands Homeless as Water Levels Surge

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Vietnam, Cambodia Floods Affect Millions Thousands Homeless as Water Levels Surge

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HANOI, Vietnam -- Record flooding in southern Vietnam has transformed rice paddies and rural communities into "desolate lakes," the Red Cross said yesterday.

Hundreds of families are living in makeshift shanties crammed onto earthen dikes or along rural roads -- the only "high ground" for miles around, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Vietnam said in a report.

"As far as the eye can see, all you see are the roofs of houses and eucalyptus trees," said John Geoghegan, head of the relief group in Vietnam, who made surveying trips earlier this week. "From time to time, you come across dikes with 200-300 families living on them, slowly crumbling."

Record flooding in Cambodia and Vietnam has affected more than a million people in recent weeks, with many made homeless and needing food and other supplies.

Heavy rains began in July, a month and a half ahead of the normal monsoon. The rainfall continued, swelling the Mekong River, which cuts through Cambodia and Vietnam and feeds numerous tributaries. …

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