The National Committee for Disaster Management yesterday said damage from storms across the Kingdom during the first five months of the year increased significantly compared with the same period last year.
Keo Vy, spokesman for NCDM, said that from January until May, there were 186 storms which affected 6,958 houses, of which 856 were destroyed and 6,102 were damaged. He said 48 schools and 24 other buildings were also damaged.
He said two people were killed and 51 injured during the storms.
Mr Vy noted that during the same period last year, there were 107 storms which affected 2,279 houses, destroying 472 and damaging 1,807. Three people were killed, 29 were hurt and 17 schools were damaged.
“The number of buildings affected by this year’s storms more than tripled compared to the same period last year,” he said.
Mr Vy added that both the local authorities and villagers must understand more about how to protect themselves from natural disasters and what steps should be taken whenever it rains heavily and during storms.
“Normally, natural disasters do not often occur in the dry season, but can happen during the months of April, May and June when the season transitions from a dry period to a rainy spell,” he said. “Most storms occur from June till October or November.”
Mr Vy also said that from January until yesterday, 53 people died, 12 of who were children, and 50 were hurt during lightning strikes.
He noted that during the same period last year, lightning strikes killed 65 people and injured 46.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology announced on Tuesday that from yesterday until next Tuesday, Cambodia will experience heavy rain in some places while other areas will be spared due to the lingering effects of the El Nino phenomenon.
It warned that thunderstorms and lightning strikes could still occur during this period.