More than 100 houses were affected by rainstorms in three provinces this week, but nobody was injured, according to officials who said more rain was expected in several provinces until Friday.
Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said yesterday the rainstorms happened from Saturday to Monday in Pailin, Battambang and Oddar Meanchey provinces and damaged 133 houses, but no injuries or deaths were reported.
“There were 117 houses damaged by the rainstorm in Oddar Meanchey province’s Samrong city, eight houses were affected in Pailin province’s Pailin city and eight more were affected in Battambang province’s Phnom Proek and Moung Russey districts,” he said.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology announced last week that from March to June, Cambodia will be hit by heavy rainfall across the country.
Water Resources Minister Lim Kean Hor said the dry season was from March to April, but it could have rain as well, especially in lowland and coastal areas.
He said the rainy season in May and June would bring increased rainfall to lowland, midland and highland areas, while coastal areas would experience even more. “Natural phenomena in April, May and June this year will bring a lot of lightning, storms and thunderstorms, especially in midland areas,” said Mr Kean Hor.
The ministry also announced that from today until Friday, towns and districts in seven provinces, including Koh Kong, Kampong Speu, Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap, would experience heavy rain.
According to an NCDM report, natural disasters killed at least 103 people, injured 120 more and affected 2,000 families, while also damaging thousands of houses, crops and infrastructure in 2017.
The report noted that 174 storms led to six deaths, 55 injuries, levelled 579 homes and damaged another 4,027.
It added that the roofs of 40 school buildings were also damaged, along with 28 state buildings. Lightning strikes killed 80 people, injured 63 people, killed 74 cows, and damaged nine homes, according to the report.
Rain and Mekong River flooding hit 16 provinces, leading to 17 deaths and the evacuation of 1,734 people. At least 14,341 houses were affected by flooding, with 3,456 hectares of rice crops and 355 hectares of other crops damaged as well.