Incessant rain over the last few days in the Battambang area, led to a disgusted look appearing on the face of one man in the commune of Tapon this morning, as he came out of his front door to find a pair of shoes so clarted in mud, that it was immediately apparent that someone in his family had been traipsing through a quagmire.
The shoes, a pair of blue flip-flops, were outside the home of Moys Kenwood, who said that there was so much mud stuck to the shoes, that it was extremely likely that there was a large crater in the ground somewhere nearby.
Torrential rain for days has meant that the bare earth that most houses are built on has become rather soggy underfoot, and most places now resemble Woodstock after 'a hundred thousand concerts' there. Walking has become very treacherous, and many of the local people have chosen to stay in bed rather than risk becoming stuck in the mud. Kenwood:
"Nobody walks around a puddle here. Nobody tries to avoid mud. These things just seem to be minor inconveniences that have to be put up with. When it rains, people look up to the sky as if there were fascinating things to see there, instead of running for cover. Fully clothed, they cheerfully grin at the rain, and at each other. Clearly, they are dreaming of Woodstock."
The dirty flip-flops were left outside until the mud caked on them had dried, and then hit with a large stick to dislodge it. They were then placed in a puddle for a rinse, and left by the side of the road to dry in the sun.