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First quarter of 2020 brings turbulent weather in the Kingdom

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Residents look at the wreckage of a home hit by a storm. Ministry of Information

More than 2,000 houses in 13 provinces were damaged by rainstorms and strong winds during the first four months of 2020, the National Committee for Disaster Management revealed.

In an action plan report, NCDM noted Cambodia faced a series of extreme weather phenomena – storms, droughts, water shortages and so on – with the provinces

of Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap, Prey Veng and Svay Rieng bearing the brunt.

NCDM spokesman Khun Sokha said five provinces this week were hit hard by a recent storm, which resulted in the deaths of three people and destroyed 2,034 houses. Among the casualties is one person from Prey Veng and two others from Svay Rieng Provinces.

Provinces near the Cambodia-Thailand border, including Banteay Meanchey and Oddar Meanchey, are the most affected areas, said Mr Sokha.

Banteay Meanchey provincial governor Oum Reatrey said yesterday from April 12 to 26, more than 600 houses were damaged due to storms with one person suffering a minor injury.

Fifty-eight families were likewise affected in Kampong Thom and 154 houses were destroyed in Pailin, causing a substantial loss in shelter and properties for many residents.

Sok Lou, Kampong Thom provincial governor yesterday visited and provided emergency relief to the 58 families affected by the storm in Kampong Svay district.

The emergency relief consisted of one rubber tent, 25 kilogrammes of rice, one blanket, one scarf, a box of instant noodles, one box of soap and one toothbrush.

“All residents must be vigilant about their own safety and their families as the rainy season can bring many unexpected thunderstorms and strong winds,” said Mr Lou. “People should stay close to their community so if anything goes wrong, they can get help quickly and on time.”

Meanwhile, Pailin provincial governor Phan Chanthol also made a visit to his affected constituents, providing relief consisting of 25 kilogrammes of rice, a box of instant noodle, one bottle of fish sauce, a box of canned fish and one bottle of alcohol-based sanitiser for each family.

NCDM first vice-president Kun Kim said last year, 22 provinces in the Kingdom were hit by rainstorms, resulting to 95 fatalities.

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