Hundreds of inmates were evacuated from Banteay Meanchey provincial prison Thursday afternoon after floodwaters flattened a 20 meter section of the prison wall and burst into prison grounds, leaving many cells un*der a meter of water. Prison security on Wednesday night used logs to brace a faltering concrete wall against the rising waters, which have killed at least 104 people and inundated 19 provinces and Phnom Penh over the past few weeks. The wall gave way just after 1 p.m. Thursday, according to Soum Chankea, provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc. “About 500 prisoners are being evacuated to
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