2011 was a hard year for the many people who depend on the Tonle Sap and Mekong River.
Major flooding occurred across Mekong Delta including Thailand, Laos and in Cambodia during the monsoon / rainy season with a peak in September and October.
Torrential rains causing the Mekong River and Tonle Sap to overflow and burst river banks with the highest levels of flooding in 11 years being seen in provinces surrounding the lakes and rivers in Cambodia.
Thousands of homes and farms were seriously affected with many soon to be harvested rice, cassava and other crops becoming completely obliterated by the far reaching flood waters.
Not only did it prove a disaster for farmers and fishermen but even the main tourist city of Siem Reap near Angkor Wat was impacted as the city centre became submerged.
Lives were lost, businesses and livelihoods destroyed, schools closed and sickness became rife in the worst hit areas.
While the wet season flooding generally has a positive effect on the Eco-system by enriching flooded land with nutrients the sheer scale of the 2011 floods led to devastating impact in many provincial areas which normally remained far from the rising waters.
El Niño, global warming and a number of controversial dam projects were raised up as possible contributing factors however 2011 soon proved to be an Annum Horribilus for Cambodia as one disaster was tragically followed by a much more unexpected and far reaching tragedy.....