Over 12,000 households of Overseas Vietnamese (OV) have been hit by recent serious flooding in Cambodia, including 7,000 in Kandal province and almost 2,000 in Pray Veng province.

Preliminary statistics of the Association of Overseas Vietnamese in Cambodia showed that dozens of houses were swept away, thousands of dwellings were submerged and locals forced to evacuate to shelters.

Cambodian media said that OV living in provinces near Tonle Sap lake were also severely affected.

According to Cambodian authorities, flooding in 15 cities and provinces since the end of last month has claimed 61 lives, including 43 children; with damage affecting over 90,000 families, including 13,000 forced to evacuate; and destroyed 132,000 hectares of rice./.