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Kampong Cham residents affected by riverbank collapses

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Governor Un Chanda, second from right, inspects riverbank erosion. Provincial Hall

Kampong Cham provincial authorities will relocate residents from more than 100 houses which are in danger following the collapse of riverbanks in several areas due to recent erosion.

Provincial Governor Un Chanda said during a disaster prevention meeting on Monday that the residents are in Kampong Siem, Stung Trang, Koh Sotin, Kang Meas and Srey Santhor districts.

“The riverbank collapses in Kampong Cham province are serious and several residents are in danger and need to be relocated,” he said.

Mr Chanda noted that a total of 33.482 metres of the riverbank collapsed in 19 areas. He said that the disaster had affected 265 houses and one health centre.

Mr Chanda said 112 houses in Stung Trang district, 22 in Kampong Siem, 165 in Koh Sotin, 35 in Kang Meas and 208 in Srey Santhor were affected by the riverbank erosion.

Experts estimate that after floodwaters fully recede later this month, more than 500 houses and some commune offices will also face collapse because they are located near the riverbank.

Kun Kim, National Committee Disaster Management first vice president, yesterday urged the Kampong Cham authorities to increase their preparedness to save victims affected by disasters.

He also advised the Provincial Committee for Disaster Management and relevant officials to report the impact of disasters and needs of the people so that ministries and institutions can take measures to help the people.

Mr Kim added that authorities have to continually monitor the situation during natural disasters and disseminate information to the people to prepare them to avoid danger during floods and riverbank collapses.

“The National Committee for Disaster Management’s goal is to ensure timely and safe intervention during disasters,” he said. “Local officials must provide efficient service to residents by training hard to respond effectively when a disaster takes place.”

So Pheak, a Stung Trang district resident, yesterday said that her house is located near the riverbank.

She said that every year, parts of the riverbank in her area collapse when floodwaters recede. She added that residents living along the river bank hope the authorities will help them to relocate to safer areas.

“Last year, the river bank collapsed in the area but my house was not affected,” she said. “I don’t know if my house or my neighbours’ houses will be affected this year.”

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