Thousands of households and farmland hit by flooding in northwest

Heavy rain and floods from Thailand hit Battambang town. Photo taken on October 18, 2021. In Kongchet

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.

Cambodians asked to volunteer for rapid test before returning to work after Pchum Ben holiday

A health worker sets up a COVID-19 rapid test at a high school in Phnom Penh. Picture taken September 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

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.

Pchum Ben festival canceled amid concerns of COVID-19 spread

Health officers and authorities speak with a monk at a pagoda to discuss rapid COVID-19 testing, on the third day of Pchum Ben in Phnom Penh, September 24, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

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.

Nutrition NGOs launch digital platform to report false advertising of infant milk formulas

A nanny prepares milk formula for a child in Phnom Penh, September 8, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Cambodian mothers are breastfeeding their babies less as the number of infant formula products expands, say non-governmental organizations.

Government farm helpline has few takers in early days

A man feeds ducks at his farm at the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Picture taken on February 2, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

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.