The Interior Ministry has announced that over 1,400 inmates at Correctional Centre 2 in Prey Sar Prison were evacuated on Friday to a nearby facility as their dormitories flooded.
General Department of Prisons spokesman Lieutenant General Nuth Savna said yesterday that 1,425 inmates, including 956 women, were evacuated after their dormitories were inundated with water.
“The evacuation was conducted between 4am and 5am on Friday after heavy rain,” he said.
“We sent 450 female and sick prisoners to the PJ correctional facility and we sent the other inmates to Correctional Centre 1. Both are not affected by flooding,” he said.
This is the second prison evacuation due to flooding this month, as 779 Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison inmates were forced to move on October 14 to three provincial prisons after their cells were inundated with water.
Ministry of Interior spokesman General Khieu Sopheak said that if heavy rains continue, the possibility of evacuating more prisoners will increase.
“Over 2,000 inmates from Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison and from Correctional Centre 2 on the outskirts of Phnom Penh have been relocated,” he said.
Senior investigator at rights group Adhoc Soeng Sen Karuna said inmates may have lost their freedom because of their sentences, but their human rights are still protected by the government.
“The government should provide humanitarian assistance to prisoners to help them because they also face the same difficulties as the general population,” he said.
Sen Karuna also said that officials should take special care when moving females prisoners with children and elderly inmates.
According to the Ministry of Interior, there are currently 27 prisons in Cambodia which house some 36,600 inmates.
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has appealed to the public to remain vigilant against storms due between October 18 and 20, especially those living in low-lying areas, near waterways and along mountains.