facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Inmates won't be leaving flooded prison

Sept. 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM   |   Comments

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Inmates held in prisons that have been inundated with knee-deep floodwaters won't be evacuated from a Cambodian prison, officials say.

The Banteay Meanchey city jail was flooded with more than 18 inches of water Saturday when the Serei Sophorn River overran its banks, The Phnom Penh Post reported Tuesday.

The prison, which holds 1,000 people including 10 children, is 50 percent over capacity, a recent report by human rights organization Licadho stated.

Mass evacuation of the prison would be a "logistical nightmare," said Adam Hutchison, director of Prison Fellowship Cambodia.

It has never been done because it would be a security risk, said Marie-Dominique Parent with the United Nations' human rights office in Cambodia.

Banteay Meanchey's jail was built on a flood plain, said Jeff Vize, prison project consultant with Licadho. The facility has been flooded three times in the three years since it was built.

Floods in September 2011 left Siem Reap prison with more than 3 feet of water.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Stratosphere crash driver commits suicide Stratosphere crash driver commits suicide
2
Kentucky firefighter injured in ice bucket challenge dies Kentucky firefighter injured in ice bucket challenge dies
3
Syrian Al Qaida group executes Lebanese soldier Syrian Al Qaida group executes Lebanese soldier
4
Sister shoots and kills brother to protect father Sister shoots and kills brother to protect father
5
New York buses will feature anti-Islam ads depicting James Foley New York buses will feature anti-Islam ads depicting James Foley
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback