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Villagers sit in their home on an area of cracked earth next to the Mekong River in Kbal Koh village, in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district. October’s floodwaters have now receded in many areas. (Photo by Heng Chivoan)The Royal Government needs to address the environmental impacts not only from climate change but from man-made, water-based infrastructure such as dams before another natural disaster like the recent flooding claims hundreds of lives, community representatives said yesterday.

At the first NGO Forum conference on climate change, agriculture and energy held yesterday, community representatives were keenly aware of their vulnerability in facing natural disasters.

Read more: Climate vulnerability in focus

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A Cambodia man, left, gets out from his home with floodwaters surrounding it in a slum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Flash floods, the worst to hit Cambodia since 2000, have killed at least 150 people in this Southeast Asian nation since August, the government said. (Photo: AP)As flooding continued in Cambodia on Thursday, a group of high-ranking officials said they blamed regional climate change and urged Cambodia to find a response.

Authorities say at least 176 people have now died in flooding that began in August and has continued across the country. Nearly 21,000 people have evacuated their homes.

Read more: ‘Climate Change’ Blamed as Flooding Continues

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Lay Khim, an environment specialist for UNDP on 'Hello VOA' Monday. (Photo by Heng Reaksmey)Cambodia remains vulnerable to climate change, and its limited adaptability could mean more woes for the poor, an environmental expert said Monday.

The country’s perpetually weak infrastructure means there is little it can do to mitigate the flooding and other natural disasters associated with a changing climate, said Lay Khim, an environment specialist for UNDP, as a guest on “Hello VOA.”

Read more: Cambodia Lagging in Response to Climate Change: Expert

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