Monday, December 8, 2008

Growing slum on the rooftops of Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Post reports abot the slum communities on the rooftops of Phnom Penh which lack basic sanitation and have growing problems with drugs and crime. According to the Post the Phnom Penh Municipality says there is not enough money to help the situation. Sar Bamnang, deputy director of the Municipal Department of Land Management sais to the Post that the concerns of the residents of the slums are still on the agenda and that they might have the budget to help them at some point in the future. Somethearith Din, a project manager at the UN Human Settlements Program (UN- Habitat) sais that the situation on the rooftops could be vastly improved with the installation of simple sanitation facilities like taps for washing and toilets. But the Post further reports that Somethearith Din is not hopeful that this is something that will me made since there are thousands of slum settlements across Cambodia.

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