Floods cause $1 million in damages

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A file photo of flooding in a village. KT/Mai Vireak

The recent floods that slammed Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey provinces, among others, destroyed more than 2,000 homes, killed two people and caused at least $1 million in damages, officials said on Friday.

Water Resources Ministry and National Committee for Disaster Management officials said also that Cambodia can expect a short dry spell until August 9.

Water Resources Minister Lim Kean Hor said the dry spell is due to a ninth tropical storm to hit the region in the past few months. Unlike the previous storms, tropical storm Nesat is expected to only hit the coastal areas.

“This storm will cause Phnom Penh and some provinces such as Kampot, Kep, Takeo, Kampong Speu and Kandal province to receive little rain,” said Mr Kean Hor, noting other lowland and highland provinces will also experience less than average precipitation.

“According to this, the farmers in the provinces where the short dry season will occur have to pay attention and stock water for use during that period,” he added.

Meanwhile, the damaging floods of the past few weeks have begun receding. The worst hit provinces were Preah Vihear, where two people died, and Oddar Meanchey. Kampot, Kampong Thom, Ratanakkiri, Preah Sihanouk and Tbong Khmum provinces were also hit.

The floods damaged more than 2,000 homes, along with roads, rice fields, schools and other infrastructure, officials said.

“The flood occurred in a short time. It destroyed and damaged some infrastructure in those provinces and we estimate damages at about $1 million,” said Nhem Vanda, vice-president of the disaster management committee.

Mr Vanda said people who were evacuated from their houses – including hundreds of families in Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey –  had already returned home.

“The situation in Oddor Meanchey, Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom provinces is better  now,” he said.

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