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Gov’t cautions public against storm disasters

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The premier yesterday issued a public warning against hazards posed by heavy rains and strong winds. Facebook

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called for vigilance and caution as heavy downpour continue to be felt across the Kingdom.

In a Facebook post yesterday, the premier noted the recent damage to properties caused by the tropical storm.

“People should be extremely careful, especially when travelling over long distances,” he said. “People living along the river and the coast, as well as our fishermen, should exercise caution and keep track with the weather forecasts by the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.”

Earlier this week, four tourist boats, three of which were docked and one carrying tourists, were capsized in Preah Sihanouk province. No casualties were noted in the accidents.

A statement from the Water Resources Ministry on Tuesday said Cambodia will continue to feel the effects of the low-pressure system and weak southwest monsoon winds until August 11.

“The phenomena will cause provinces in the central lowlands, nearby the Dangrek mountain ranges and the northeastern plateau to receive less rainfall while the coastal provinces will receive more,” the ministry said.

In related news, the Ministry of Health on Wednesday continued to warn the public against Chikungunya as an upsurge of cases of the disease has been noted in the country. The rise comes just in time with the arrival of the rainy season in the Kingdom.

Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM) on Wednesday reported that the total number of suspected cases of Chikungunya nationwide had risen from 1,020 to 1,700.

While the cases were only previously cited in 12 provinces, Vandine said three more provinces have been added to the list, namely, Kampong Thom, Battambang and Kandal.

The 12 other provinces are Stung Treng, Pailin, Pursat, Oddar Meanchey, Kampot, Tboung Khmum, Takeo, Preah Sihanouk, Preah Vihear, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham and Siem Reap, she said.

Vandine said figures differ among the provinces, with others only having one or two cases while some cite five or six suspected cases.

Majority of the suspected cases, equivalent to 72.40 percent, were found in Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap, Stung Treng, Preah Sihanouk and Battambang from tests conducted by the CNM.

Vandine appealed for joint cooperation between the people and local authorities to increase awareness regarding risks of and prevention measures against mosquito-borne diseases, most notably the disposal of mosquito-breeding grounds and the use of mosquito repellants and/or mosquito nets.

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