Cambodia: 30 Killed in Floods as Mekong Overflows
Thousands flee homes as heavy rains hit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 30, 2013 5:44 PM CDT
A Cambodian woman pushes a church gate with an oar to steer her wooden boat in a flooded area along the Mekong river in Koh Phos village, Kandal province near Phnom Penh, Cambodia.   (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

(Newser) – At least 30 people in Cambodia have died in recent floods caused by heavy rains and the Mekong River overflowing its banks, a disaster relief official said today. The floods have also forced more than 9,000 families to flee their homes and destroyed nearly 247,000 acres of rice fields, he said, adding that nearly 67,000 houses were damaged or submerged, as well as 513 schools, 300 Buddhist pagodas, and 25 health centers. The government has warned that the rains will continue as Typhoon Wutip heads toward neighboring Vietnam.