The coastal provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong, Kampot and Kep were hit by flash floods Sunday evening amid high waves and torrential rainfall brought by Typhoon Sinlaku, prompting the issuance of warnings to the public.
Over the past two days since its landfall, the tropical storm has left several bouts of destruction in its path as provincial reports said the storm left three people injured, more than 40 houses and buildings damaged, five bridges collapsed, trees uprooted and two utility poles knocked down causing widespread power outages in said provinces.
Water Resources Ministry spokesman Chan Youttha yesterday said: “Heavy rains, strong gusts of wind and flash floods are expected in provinces that lie along Dangrek Mountains, as well as those in the coastal areas. The public should remain vigilant to hazards brought by the storm and pay closer attention to the changing weather patterns. Local authorities must be contacted immediately in case of emergency.”
In Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nop district, one cement factory was torn down by strong winds. No one was injured in the incident.
As such, provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun yesterday appealed to residents and tourists to cancel any travelling plans to the province’s popular destination, Koh Rong Island, until the storm passes.
In line with this, an association of travel agencies in the province also released a statement closing their operations beginning yesterday until it is safe to facilitate travel.
Provincial hall spokesman Kheang Phearum called on the public to remain alert and to refrain from travelling by boat, ferry or any mode of waterway transportation as the rainstorm is expected to bring dangerous rip currents and rough seas.
Meanwhile in Kampot, provincial governor Cheav Tay, during an inspection of canals for flood prevention, said: “According to the assessment, as of August 2, the risk of occurrence of floods remain at a low level. However, if, by chance, the water level rises amid heavy rains, the public should practise caution.”
He also advised local officials and authorities to cooperate and increase monitoring of activities in every sector to provide assistance if any incidents occur.
The typhoon is expected to leave the Kingdom by Wednesday, said Youttha.