Over the weekend, there were some heavy rains, which were a bit too much for the Siem Reap River, especially since there is no reservoir to handle flood waters. As expected, the river overflowed and many parts of the city, as well as the surrounding villages have been submerged in incredibly dirty water. Since Siem Reap has no sewage system, you have an idea of how dirty, and dangerous, this water is for people here. We’re hoping that it’ll gone down in a few more days so that there’ll be less risk for a cholera outbreak. The water is now really starting to smell, so that’s not a good sign.
Because of this, a few wrenches have been thrown into our plans this week. We had expected to give out our textbooks to the BEA kids at the start of the week, but our printing place is also engulfed in water. It’s not even possible to get there with a motorbike since the water is knee-high deep. I’ve completely given up driving on my motorbike since I’m not as skilled as Shally for this type of driving. I’ve learnt that water in an exhaust pipe leads to pushing your bike through these waters. We’ve stalled a couple of times on our way back from BEA, and have had to walk through this brown water.
Fortunately, the BEA building is not affected by the flood since we’re on higher ground, which was one of the reasons we chose our location. However, the some parts of villages surrounding the school have been affected by the flood. Most of the BEA kids come from Trapeang Sess and Modulbei Villages, which has for the most part escaped the flood water. However, other villages, such as Veal and Wat Svay, are completely submerged and almost inaccessible. Despite this, the BEA kids from these villages have been in class every single day since the river overflowed. Come rain or shine, the BEA kids are always in their seats in our classes!
Here's hoping the sun stays out and dries everything up because that's the only thing we can do...
The Bayon English Academy (BEA) is an NGO school that provides underprivileged youth with quality English language education in a safe, clean environment in Siem Reap, Cambodia.