24 October 2011

2011 Flood of Cambodia

Currently the world's attention is focusing on the extensive flood of Thailand. High pressure over the north South China Sea has made the typhoons of this year hit the Indochinese Peninsula more frequent than usual, this multiplies the amount of monsoon rainfall over the northern and central parts of the Peninsula. Consequently the Mekong and the Maenam (the Chao Phraya River) swell which flood Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.

Cambodia has fallen as one of the victims of global climate change.
Postcard: flooded Phnom Penh in 1990s
Stamp: 2010 Combat Climate Change
Postmark: 05/06/10 Phnom Penh CPO.

In Cambodia nearly 250 lives are claimed by flooding since August whilst 18 of the 23 provinces are soaked. Agricultural land in Kampong Chhnang, Kandal and Svay Rieng provinces is waterlogged, fortunately Battambang, the bread basket of the country, is only little affected.

The beauty of Kampong Chhnang Province.
Postcard: Kampong Chhnang rural scene
Stamp: 2004 Khmer Aspect
Postmark: 14/05/05 Kampong Chhnang City PO

Areas affected by flooding. (Source: WMO)

Mail traffic is not seriously affected because traditionally from May to October it is the rainy season and so mail mostly travels by air rather than by land.

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