Around 4,000 households have been affected by flooding in northwest Cambodia following weeks of heavy rainfall and flooding that has intensified over the past few days, impacting thousands of hectares of rice paddies, roads and other infrastructure and forcing thousands of families to be evacuated from their homes.
The Labor Ministry changed its instructions regarding COVID-19 testing for workers returning from the Pchum Ben holidays next week, saying they would be asked — but not required — to receive rapid tests before returning to work.
The government announced Thursday it was canceling the 15-day-Pchum Ben festival, which began Wednesday, fearing a spike in COVID-19 cases after cases were traced to pagodas where people had begun gathering for the festival.
Cambodian mothers are breastfeeding their babies less as the number of infant formula products expands, say non-governmental organizations.
A new program to provide information and advice via phone to farmers has found few takers, with some saying they have little faith in the government to help them find solutions to their most pressing problems.