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Natural disasters

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Rescue workers pull a boat through floodwaters on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on Oct. 16.  (Photo by Vann Soben)

PHNOM PENH -- It was late at night when water from the engorged Prek Tnaut River started spilling into Yoeu Phally's two-story concrete house on the southern fringe of Phnom Penh.

"By 11 p.m., everything was floating," Phally, a rice farmer, told Nikkei Asia. "We never thought it would rise that high."

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