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Number of storms nearly double this year

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Authorities help villagers collect debris from a home damaged by a storm. MOWR

According to a National Committee for Disaster Management report, the number of storms between January and July this year nearly doubled when compared to the same period last year, resulting in more damages.

Keo Vy, NCDM spokesman, yesterday said that there were 265 storms in the last seven months, almost double when compared to the 156 in the same period in 2018.

Mr Vy noted that five people were killed and 85 others were injured in the seven-month period, adding that 1,449 houses were damaged. He said 11,751 houses and 86 school buildings also experienced minor damages.

He noted that 64 people were killed by lightning, while 60 others were injured.

“The amount of storms has doubled in comparison to the same period in 2018, when six people died and only 36 others were injured,” Mr Vy said.

Last year, only 549 houses were heavily damaged by storms, while 2,116 houses and 20 school buildings were slightly damaged, he noted. Mr Vy also appealed to the public to be careful of storms and floods.

He added that Prime Minister Hun Sen has also called on relevant authorities to monitor any situation relating to natural disasters, including helping victims by providing treatment, food and house repairs.

Sek Savon, a village chief in Samlei commune, in a live video streamed yesterday said storms slightly damaged six houses in the area.

He added that one house in Svay Rieng province’s Kampong Ro district collapsed at about 1pm on July 1, killing 46-year-old Pin Seang and injuring two children

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology yesterday posted on its Facebook page that 22 houses were slightly damaged in Tboung Khmum province’s Dambe district on July 1, noting that no one was injured.

Earlier this week, the ministry called on the public and relevant authorities to be on alert for thunderstorms and lightning strikes until Sunday.

It noted that there will be average-to-heavy levels of rainfall in 13 provinces, including Kratie.

“Please continue to be careful about thunderstorms and heavy rains from August 1 to 4, especially in coastal areas which will experience large waves caused by strong winds,” the ministry said. “The water levels in rivers will also rise.”

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