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ADRA provides Food and Shelter to Fire Survivors in Cambodia Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 16 April 2008

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has provided emergency food packages to 520 families in Cambodia after a fire total destroyed more than 450 homes a block of private all or partly wooden homes in a poor section of Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 11 April, 2008. Coordinating with the mayor’s office ADRA Cambodia distributed rice, noodles, fish and vegetable oil or salt and sugar to 520 families, or approximately 2,000 identified fire survivors on 12 April. Later ADRA distributed a tarp and noodles for an additional 80 identified families now staying in the field who as house renters did not receive the original relief supplied by the mayor’s office to home owners.

Complete destruction left an empty area with only concrete poles remaining where the 450 houses were standing previously on top of a small lake filled with sewage. Per authorities the fire began at about 5am and burned for about 5 hours. City fire engines were unable to enter the area due to the close conditions of the houses and the crowds escaping with possessions they could carry.

Over 50 families were immediately moved to an open field nearby, however with communication filtering to others slowly due to a general country shutdown for the Khmer New Year holiday, more survivor families are joining the displaced persons camp each day which has now swelled to over 250 families. ADRA distributed 170 tarps to be used with wood for semi-permanent shelter.

ADRA has worked with volunteers from the Cambodia Adventist Mission, the Cambodia Adventist School and Adventist Frontier Missions in packaging and distribution and is coordinating with the mayor’s office, village leaders, Samaritan’s Purse and Caritas in the relief efforts.

This one-week project is funded by ADRA International, the ADRA Asia Regional Office located in Bangkok, Thailand, and ADRA Cambodia.