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Floods destroy nearly 2.5 million hectares of crops in SE Asia

The devastating floods that have left hundreds dead in south-east Asia may cause further problems for the region as millions of hectares of crops have been destroyed, the United Nations warned.

Intense monsoon rains, typhoons and tropical storms have flooded more than 2.5 million hectares of cropland in Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, according to research by the Food and Agriculture Organization.
 
Meanwhile, millions of animals have already been killed and millions are thought to be at risk from the flood waters and already over spilling dams.
 
In worst-hit Thailand, 1.6 million hectares - 12.5% of the area under crops nationwide - has been flooded, along with an estimated 12% of area in the Philippines and 7.5% of plantings in Cambodia.
 
"Loss of livestock and poultry is reported and significant numbers are considered to be at risk," FAO said.

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