Ten cars damaged during storm in capital

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Falling trees during a major storm that hit the capital on Monday evening damaged ten cars in Daun Penh district.

A district police official said the cars were damaged when a storm fell several trees and utility poles in Daun Penh’s Boeng Raing commune.

“There were about ten cars parked along a sidewalk and they were damaged because of the storm,” the official said. “Utility poles and trees fell on the cars and they were damaged.”

He added that officials have contacted Electricite du Cambodge to cut off power in order to allow car owners to drive their vehicles out.

According to an EDC statement on social media yesterday, collapsing trees fell three utility poles along Pasteur Street during the storm on Monday, leading to a blackout in the neighbourhood.

Met Meas Pheakdey, Phnom Penh Municipal spokesman, could not be reached for comment.

However, last week City Hall announced the formation of a working group to monitor the growth of trees along roads in the capital in a bid to avoid trees falling during strong weather.

At the time, Mr Meas Pheakdey said that people should be more cautious during the rainy season.

“People should be careful about where they park their car, but regardless of what we do to educate them, they always blame us,” Mr Meas Pheakday said. “People don’t understand how natural disasters can’t be controlled and it’s out of the hands of City Hall.”

San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability, said authorities should be held responsible for incidents because it was their job to anticipate harsh weather conditions.

“The [utility] poles weren’t strong enough and could not withstand the wind. It caused private property damage,” Mr Chey said. “[City Hall] should be responsible. They should have inspected trees and poles in the city.”

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