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Ministry issues flood warning for 11 provinces

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A man drives through floods in Kampong Cham province. Kampong Cham Provincial Hall

The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry yesterday warned that 11 provinces risk flooding from heavy rainfall until next week.

A ministry announcement said the heavy rains which began yesterday are due to a low pressure system.

“People in Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Speu, Kampong Thom, Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear provinces should be on the alert for floods during heavy rainfall until September 23,” the ministry said.

Pheng Sithi, Battambang province’s Battambang city governor, yesterday urged people living along the Sangke River in the city and Samluath and Ek Phnom districts to be on the alert for floods if the water level rises.

“The provincial governor has ordered us to appeal and inform people living in high risk areas to be on alert for floods,” he said.

Mr Sithi noted that provincial governor, Nguon Ratanak, has prepared the armed forces and working teams to provide timely aid for those affected by floods.

According to a National Committee for Disaster Management report, 131 communes in 29 districts in Stung Treng, Kratie, Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum, Prey Veng and Kampong Thom provinces have been affected by floods.

It said that 87,469 families were affected, with 10,133 being evacuated to safer places.

Keo Vy, a National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman, on Sunday said that Prey Veng and Kampong Thom provinces were the latest to be hit, while floodwaters in the other four provinces were continuing to recede.

He noted that one person died in Tboung Khmum province last week, raising the number of flood fatalities to 12 since the beginning of this month.

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