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“Water level emergency” – flash floods strike several provinces

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Pailin province faces flooding as downpour continues. Fresh News

Torrential rain has caused flash flooding across several provinces, with Pursat provincial authorities announcing a water level emergency for the second time.

Pursat administration said that heavy rain continued from the Cardamom  mountains and main rivers, including Stung Thom, Stung Areng and Stung Pursat where water levels rose.

The Pursat Provincial Department of Water Resources and Meteorology said people should be more vigilant as the water levels have risen quickly, overflowing the rivers.

Meanwhile, 28 families in Banteay Meanchey province’s O’chrov district have been affected by the monsoon flooding, with many crops being damaged.

Major Phlang Hoeup, acting commander of an infantry battalion in Banteay Meanchey province, also led his soldiers and local officials to evacuate the affected families to higher ground.

Maj Hoeup appealed to the locals to pay extra attention to avoid any possible accidents, especially drowning.

Pailin province was also battered by a downpour in which 23 houses were flooded, and a 100-metre stretch of the road washed away in Kon Damrey and Phteah Sbov villages, Sala Krao district.

Pailin deputy governor, Phan Chanthul, visited villagers in flooded areas in the province amid pounding rain.

He said that Sala Krao district is a lowland area and is prone to flash flooding every year.

No drownings were reported as of yesterday.

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said yesterday a tropical storm is expected to hit Cambodia from Wednesday until Friday. It urged the people living in coastal areas to be cautious.

With the storm expected to hit Vietnam on Wednesday, the ministry said Cambodia’s provinces bordering with Vietnam will be affected by heavy storm and strong gusts  of wind.


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