Koh Kong provincial authorities yesterday called on people living and working along the seaside to stay vigilant following huge waves which struck Pak Khlang beach on Saturday.
Mom Phalla, provincial environment department director, yesterday said that the waves struck at around 2am on Saturday and were stronger and higher than normal, causing damage to some stores and grass huts located along the beach.
“They did not cause serious damage and this is a natural phenomenon that happens every year between the end of December and early January,” he said. “But this year the waves were bigger and stronger than normal due to the influence of the storm from Thailand.”
Mr Phalla said that the people and food vendors should be prepared for the annual waves.
“The authorities keep reminding them to be careful and we have advised them that climate change can cause worse waves each year,” he added.
Hak Leng, Mondol Seima district governor, yesterday said that the waves along Pak Khlang beach on Saturday morning affected 17 stores, 84 big vacation beach grass huts, 11 small vacation beach grass huts and some toilets.
He said that no one was injured.
“The waves washed stones ashore which littered the streets but we have cleared them,” Mr Leng said. “Today, the situation is returning to normal and tourists are coming to visit as usual.”
Eang Sokha, the owner of the Ponleu Makara restaurant along the beach, said yesterday that his restaurant store was affected and some of his foreign guests were scared when the big waves struck.
“It did not seriously affect my property because I was prepared following the Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry announcement that a big storm would happen during the weekend, but some others were badly affected,” he said. “I have to spend about $300 to repair my store.”
Mr Sokha said that although the storm and waves occur every year, this was the worst he has ever seen.
Last week, the Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry warned people living in the coastal provinces, especially fishermen and tourists travelling on the sea, to be careful of the coming storm.