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Over 1,000 prisoners evacuated as flash floods continue

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Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison inmates are evacuated due to water inundating their dormitories. Supplied

More that 1,000 inmates have been evacuated to Siem Reap province following continuing flash floods.

Ly Sary, deputy governor of Banteay Meanchey province, said yesterday the prison houses a total of 1,600 inmates, including 100 women.

Sary told reporters that the decision to evacuate the prisoners was made to prevent any possible risks from flash floods which have wreaked havoc in the province.

He added that around 10 buses were used in the evacuation, mostly to Siem Reap Prison.

Ung Siphan, director of Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison, said the call to evacuate was made urgently due to water inundating the inmates’ dormitory.

Prisoners carry their belongings in plastic bags. Supplied

He added that the prison authorities decided to immediately evacuate the inmates to avoid any repercussions.

So far, the floods have hit Banteay Meanchey province hard. According to a report, the floods in eight districts and 33 communes have affected nearly 3,000 families, killed at least five people and affected nearly 6,000 hectares of farmland.

National Committee for Disaster Management first vice president, Kun Kim, yesterday went to inspect the flood-hit areas and appealed for citizens to remain vigilant amid the natural disaster.

At least 101,812 people nationwide have been affected by floods and heavy rain, while about 9,560 people have been evacuated to safer grounds.

According to figures shared on Monday by Khun Sokha, spokesman for the NCDM, the worst-hit provinces by flash floods were mostly in the northwest of the Kingdom.

At least 17 provinces which include 51 districts and 157 communes across Cambodia, have been hit by flash floods, he added.

“Right now we are busy contacting local authorities, provinces, districts and communes and we are evacuating and searching for victims,” he said.

“As of now all of the local authorities and other forces are actively searching and evacuating affected people and victims to safe ground as well as assisting villagers out of danger,” he added.

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has also appealed to the public to remain vigilant against thunder, lightning and strong winds, especially those living in low-lying areas near waterways and along the mountains, especially between October 18 and 20.

The statement also urged fishermen and seafarers to beware of heavy rain, strong winds and high waves which are expected between October 16 and 20.


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