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Thousands have made a pilgrimage to a farmhouse in rural Cambodia to wait out the end of days after a politician warned that the only place to survive an impending world-destroying flood would be his home.
This comes after politician-turned-cult leader Khem Veasna took to his Facebook page to share a series of apocalyptic predictions, spurred on by the apparent musings of a "black hole" that he said was growing on his spine.
"I can’t sleep because whenever I sleep, my spinal cord is pulling so hard, because the world is breaking down, and the water is flowing into the gap," he said.
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He added that the black hole had sent him messages that a flood of biblical proportions was set to eradicate the entire planet and urged his devoted fans to join him on his farm, the only place on the planet set to survive the washout, Vice World News reported.
People from across the country answered the call – authorities believe between 15000 and 20000 people congregated at Veasna's farmhouse in a sleepy part of Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, with some travelling from as far as South Korea to avoid meeting an apocalyptic end.
Photos posted on Veasna’s Facebook page, which boasts more than 370,000 followers, show the large assembled crowd, which was so large that not everyone could fit on its grounds, and some were forced to camp outside or rent accommodation nearby.
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Doomsday preppers at the farmhouse were treated to a series of preachings by the president an opposition group in the southeast Asian nation, the League for Democracy Party (LDP).
The enormous crowds concerned locals and officials alike, who fear the apocalypse pilgrims aren't treating the area with respect.
They even complained the gathered crowds were defecating in inappropriate places since there weren't enough toilets to accommodate the influx of people.
And despite calls from numerous official bodies, including the labour ministry of South Korea, encouraging people to stop swarming the farm, many of Veasna’s die-hard fans are refusing to budge.
Spokesperson for the labour ministry of South Korea Heng Sour encouraged Cambodian workers in South Korea not to return home in search of this apparent holy land.
He said: "Quitting jobs and returning to Cambodia slowly affects the reputation of our Khmer workers who always get respect and love from Korean employers.
"Please believe that if the world were to experience the catastrophe of flooding like that person said, scientists would declare a worldwide emergency. And if the world is sinking, the individual farmland will not be left. It's going to sink."
Veasna is a member of the Cambodian National Assembly, but has been pivoting away from government recently in order to work on his cult leader-like persona, and even refers to himself as a "brahma" – a religious title that roughly translates to "heavenly king".
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