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Flash floods hit multiple provinces

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The reservoir rises over Ta Mok bridge in Oddar Meanchey province’s Anlong Veng district. Ministry of Water Resources

Torrential rain has caused flooding across several provinces, with authorities announcing an emergency, temporarily banning travel as water levels continue to rise.

The National Committee for Disaster Management said yesterday that the impact of the typhoon Noul for the past few days has caused devastating flooding across Preah Sihanouk, Pursat, Oddar Meanchey, Koh Kong and Pailin provinces.

At least 11 people were killed, including eight by lightning and three by flash floods, the report said, adding that 1,825 houses and 312 hectares of crops were inundated, with 475 people being evacuated to higher ground.

Pursat Provincial Department of Water Resources and Meteorology released a statement yesterday, saying that people should be wary of a possible deluge in the province.

“The Pursat Provincial Department of Water Resources and Meteorology would like to inform the people after monitoring the water and weather condition that heavy rain from Cardamoms Mountains and water overflowing Stung Thom and Stung Are rivers may cause flash floods across the whole province,” said the statement.

A flooded house in Pailin province’s Sala Krao district. Ministry of Water Resources

It said that the wooden Kampong Lvea bridge in the province’s Phnom Kravanh district collapsed on Sunday as Provincial governor Mao Thonin led his officials to inspect the condition of the bridge and to ease local people’s travels.

Pailin province was also hardest hit by the flooding over the past few days and 40 houses, 200 metres of canal, and 500 metres of road were damaged.

Pailin governor Phan Chanthul told one of the local media outlets yesterday that flooding and storms affected more than 80 families in Sala Krao district.

He said that flooding also inundated local plantations such as potato, beans, cucumbers, and other crop in five villages in the district.

He said that a migrant couple from Thailand drowned on Saturday when they were trying to cross an overflowing stream straddling Pailin province’s Sala Krao district and Thailand.

The two victims were riding on a large steel wash tub with nine other migrant workers, but the duo fell off the tub due to whirling currents, according to the Palin provincial administration. It said nine others were able to cross the stream.

Meanwhile, authorities in Oddor Meanchey province’s Anlong Veng district also banned traffic temporarily along Ta Mok bridge as the water was flowing over it.

NCDM spokesman Khun Sokha said based on yesterday’s forecast, the flooding is beginning to recede in some areas.

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