BATTAMBANG, Cambodia – During an afternoon of sun between the rains in the village of Tuol TaAek, a group of children play outside. Nearby, the water line is evident on the villagers’ homes and fences where the floods reached a year ago.

Read more: Strengthening Resilience: Promise in a Time of Climate Change


The Asia-Pacific region is struggling with more frequent and intense hazards such that access to real-time, accurate information can help build resilience among vulnerable communities.
Czech aid group People in Need has installed two sensors on bridges on the Tonle Sap river in Cambodia, to trigger a system that sends text messages or calls to mobile phones warning of heavy rains. Image: Photo Dharma from Penang, Malaysia,CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Floods in Cambodia in 2011 and 2013 killed more than 400 people, displaced tens of thousands, and destroyed crops, livestock, and homes.

Read more: From Bhutan to Cambodia, early warning saves lives in floods


FILE: A 10-megawatt solar farm in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city on Cambodia's eastern border with Vietnam on June 17, 2017, ahead of its August operation. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

Cambodia should scrap some hydropower dams as alternative energy sources, such as solar power, are becoming cheaper, a U.S. think-tank said.

Read more: Solar, wind advances offer Mekong countries alternatives to dams, coal: Experts


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