Two people were injured and more than 3,000 houses were damaged by rainstorms across three provinces on Friday, an official said yesterday.
Keo Vy, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said that heavy storms occurred in Svay Rieng, Prey Veng and Kandal, damaging 3,190 houses, 238 of which were completely destroyed.
“Rainstorms across three provinces in the evening of June 21 completely destroyed hundreds of houses and injuring two people,” Mr Vy said.
He noted that in Svay Rieng, 2,301 houses were affected, of which 162 among them were severely damaged.
Mr Vy further noted that another 859 houses were destroyed in Prey Veng, of which 65 were severely damaged. In Kandal province, 30 houses were affected, he added.
“The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology already predicted of storms occurring in the southwest of Cambodia, starting from Phnom Penh to Prey Veng province, Svay Rieng and to the coastal area,” Mr Vy said. “The provinces located in the southwest would be affected by the storm during these few days.”
“It is not a big storm, but the ministry has urged all to be careful with it,” he added.
Mr Vy said that from January until June so far, there were 234 storms that occurred in the Kingdom, completely destroying 1,183 houses, while another 9,818 houses experienced slight damage, as well as affecting 88 administrative building and thousands of hectares of crops.
“The storms also killed four people and another 77 people were injured,” said Mr Vy. “If we compare it to the same period last year, the number of houses affected by the storm has doubled.”
Mr Vy also said that so far this year, 62 people were killed and another 60 people were injured by lightning. The number has decreased if compared to the same period last year, when 74 people were killed by lightning.
Water Resources and Meteorology Minister Lim Kean Hor announced last week that there would be 24 to 26 storms occurring until the end of the year. Some provinces may face flooding while the rain will continue to fall from the third week of June until mid-November.
“There will be 24 to 26 storms occurring in the remaining year. Most storms will occur in the Pacific Ocean crossing South China Sea that will affect Cambodia and the Mekong River Basin area,” the minister said.