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PM calls for strengthened flood measures after child swept away

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Officers aid a family struck by floods in Preah Vihear province. National Police

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday issued a directive instructing officials to strengthen flood measures after a child was swept away by floods in Preah Vihear province on Tuesday.

He said a low pressure system and seasonal winds in the Southeast Asian region will lead to heavy rainfall in some provinces in the Kingdom within the coming days.

Mr Hun Sen noted that water levels will rise, which could lead to floods, especially in some provinces along the upper Mekong river.

He added that water levels are expected to rise to dangerous levels from Sunday until Wednesday in Stung Treng, Kratie, and Kampong Cham provinces, and Bassac Chaktomuk river in Phnom Penh.

“The government would like to instruct all ministries, relevant institutions and local authorities to conduct necessary measures to prevent floods and minimise the impact they may have on property and people’s lives,” Mr Hun Sen said in the directive.

In Preah Vihear province, floods have already struck, leading to one child being swept away by strong currents, police said yesterday.

Officers inspect a road damaged by floods in Preah Vihear province. National Police

Police said that a child went missing in Choam Khsan district after a storm hit the area on Tuesday.

Colonel Mai Pout, Choam Khsan district deputy police chief, yesterday noted that the child went missing on Tuesday when he was riding on a motorbike with his parents back to a military base.

The family passed a flooded road in the district and strong currents dragged the vehicle, causing them to fall off the motorbike. Col Pout added that the child was dragged away in the current.

“A child went missing, and about 100 metres of roads in An Ses border check point are damaged,” Col Pout said. “About 600 hectares of rice fields in Kharng commune are destroyed.”

Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, yesterday said local authorities are ready to disseminate information on how to prevent and prepare for floods.

He noted that some areas along the Mekong River and Dang Raek mountain are currently receiving heavy rains, adding that some riverbanks have also collapsed.

“Provincial authorities are still monitoring the issue,” he said.

Mr Vy said relevant authorities, police forces and Cambodian Red Cross departments are monitoring the situation and are ready to conduct rescues if necessary.

“We have made preparations to prevent flooding from the Mekong river and rains as ordered by the Prime Minister,” he said. “Food and health stations are also ready in the case of evacuations.”

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