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Storm Damages up to 40 Homes

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A local resident looks at his home after a giant storm caused damage to it. Supplied

At least six people were injured and more than 40 houses were damaged by a storm in Kampong Speu province’s Chhbar Morn town over the weekend.
 
According to a police report, 44 houses were damaged including five that were completely destroyed due to the rainstorm on Saturday afternoon.
 
“The rain and wind hit the peoples’ houses and caused six villagers including four women to be injured. They were sent to the hospital for help,” read the report.
 
After the storm, provincial authorities and Cambodian Red Cross officials went to distribute aid to the victims and police helped prepare temporary housing for villagers affected by the disaster.
 
From January to July this year, there have been 201 storms reported which have killed 12 people and injured more than 160, according to the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).
 
“A total of 1,446 houses were completely flattened and 6,415 houses were partially damaged leaving homes with open roofs or walls. There were 39 schools and 33 administrative buildings also destroyed,” Keo Vy, cabinet chief and a spokesman for NCDM, told Khmer Times last week.
 
He said lightning had killed 78 people, injured nearly 100 and caused the death of 60 head of cattle during the same period.
 
In 2015, 130 people were killed and nearly 200 people were injured by lightning and storms across the Kingdom.

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