Kampot province is affected by flood almost every year. In 2009, this city was covered by flood caused by torrential rain flow from the mountains. According to Reuter, the flood caused two deaths, almost 5,000 families were affected and hundreds of hectares of crops were destroyed.
Hem Prak Yath (as shown in the picture) worked as a labourer at Samaki Market in Kampot town. Ek Vannak, his wife, clarified that his death was not due to intoxication as rumored, but was a result of his inability to swim as he attempted to flee the flood waters.
About 2 kilometers from Kampot town, Prei Tom village located in Prei Khmum commune is where a man was killed during the 2009 flood. The village indicator which is not far from the man’s house became a memorial scene which reminded villagers about the death and the dangers of whirlpool flood.
Ek Vannak and her son raise animals at home to supplement thier income however Ek’s life has become more difficult since her husband’s death. They are discussing whether or not Sok Heng (her son) wants to go to the rice field with his mother this afternoon.
The mother and son work from one field to another around this area to earn money. After school, Sokheng asks his mother to go to the field with her, otherwise he will be alone at home. From now on, they have each other for daily life and Ek’s son learns the way to survive without his father.
Working in the rice field, Ek Vannak earns 10,000 riels per day; a similar amount she could earn from working as a labourer at Samaki market. When Ek and her son leave home for the field, their relatives and neighbors come to their house to relax and look after it in the afternoon.
This project was produced by the Batch Seven students of the Department of Media and Communication (DMC) of the Royal University of Phnom Penh as part of their Multimedia Journalism class. The DMC is financially supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
Six groups of students went to six different provinces to capture disasters in each province and produce six multimedia news packages including mini-documentaries, feature stories and photo stories. This paper which includes feature stories and photo stories is a supplement to the mini-documentaries which are featured on the DVD.
The aim of this production is to examine the vulnerability of the communities, how disasters impact directly or indirectly on the communities as well as what has been done and what should be done to help those vulnerable communities.
This project was produced with the financial assistance from the European Commission. The views expressed herein are those of the producers; therefore, they in no way reflect the official opinion of the European Commission.