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Villagers injured in storm

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At least three people were injured and nearly 500 homes damaged by a heavy storm in Kampong Cham province’s Batheay district on Saturday.

According to a provincial police report, a large storm on Saturday slammed two communes in Batheay district, damaging 496 homes and injuring three people.

Em Kosal, provincial police chief, said that he ordered his officials to help repair residents’ homes which were damaged by the storm.

“The storm hit two communes, Sandek and Trob,” he said. “Now, officials are helping to repair the houses so people can return home.”

Doung Nha, deputy police chief of Bateay distict, said those injured have already recovered.

“Some parts of their houses were damaged slightly and some seriously,” he said. “As for the injured, they are better already.”

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has announced that there will be heavy rain storms until at least the end of the month throughout the country.

“Beware of lightning and rain storms throughout the country to avoid any incidents from happening,” a statement said.

Earlier this month, Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said that since January, 50 people have been killed and another 37 injured by lightning strikes.

“Everyone must be careful during rainstorms and beware of lightning,” he said at the time. “Most will occur in April, May and June. It is a dangerous period for natural disasters.”

Prime Minister Hun Sen also earlier this month called on all Cambodians to pay more attention during the rainy season, especially soldiers on the borders. He said that the government is doing whatever is possible to ensure the safety of army personnel.

According to data from the National Committee for Disaster Management, last year’s natural disasters, including storms, lightning and floods, killed 103 people and 74 cattle, while injuring 119 people.

The report added that 2,000 families were affected, while thousands of houses, public buildings, crops and infrastructure were damaged.

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