Cambodia is hosting the 11th gathering of 158 state parties who signed an international landmine ban in 1997.
Landmines have killed an estimated 1 million people in the last 10 years.
Thailand exports up to ten million tons of rice per year, one-third of the total global market.
Nearly 300 people living near Prey Lang forest, have formed a community policing effort to stop what they said is illegal deforestation.
At last count, nearly 400,000 hectares of crops had been damaged.
About 400 residents gathered at the New Paradise Restaurant on Oct. 28, raising nearly $16,000 in donations.
There are no reliable estimates of how many people are stranded in the scores of flooded communities in Bangkok and areas north.
The floods in Southeast Asia have not only destroyed crops and livestock, but also claimed hundreds of lives and displaced thousands.
Mental trauma remains one of the main issues for Cambodia, a legacy of the Khmer Rouge and the country’s conflicts.
Floods can carry water-borne diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis and hepatitis A, Dr. Hong, told “Hello VOA.”
Despite its problems, the government Wednesday announced a donation of almost $100,000 in flood relief for neighboring Cambodia.
The development company plans to build a $181 million plant capable of producing 135 megawatts of electricity in Preah Sihanouk.