More Than Two-Thirds of Ethnic Vietnamese Evicted From Cambodia’s Tonle Sap ‘Floating Village’
More than two-thirds of around 2,300 ethnic Vietnamese families living in a “floating village” on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake have been evicted from their homes, a local official said Friday, despite concerns over a lack of infrastructure on the land demarcated for their relocation.
Authorities have removed all but around 700 families from the lake to land about one kilometer (six-tenths of a mile) away in Kampong Chhnang province and in the province’s Rolea B’ier district, provincial deputy governor Sun Sovannarith told RFA’s Khmer Service.
The families that remain have been allowed to stay because their homes use floating nets to farm fish, he said, adding that they “will be evicted by July.”
“Those families who are raising fish, we will delay moving so that their fish will not be affected” while authorities work to complete infrastructure on the land they will be relocated to, Sun Sovannarith explained.
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