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130 houses damaged by storm in Kampong Speu province

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Residents in Kampong Speu province sit amongst damaged houses caused by a storm on Saturday. Fresh News

More than 130 houses in Kampong Speu province were damaged in a storm on Saturday evening.

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Kampong Speu provincial governor Vei Samnang told Khmer Times yesterday that the houses were damaged, with some having collapsed, due to heavy rain and strong winds.

Yesterday, Samnang, who is also the chairman of the provincial committee of the Cambodian Red Cross, visited and distributed CRC donations to 33 families affected by the storm in Kong Pisey district’s Preah Nipean and Ang Popel communes.

He said five houses collapsed in the district

Samnang said the storm damaged houses in 13 villages and  the roofs of 130 houses, a pig farm and two of a school were detached.

“The Cambodian Red Cross branch in Kampong Speu province, which I am the chairman of, donated 50 kilogrammes of rice, some groceries, $25, a tent and some supplies to the five families whose homes collapsed,” he said.

“The other affected families received the same donations, but received $12.5 instead of $25 and they did not get a tent,” he added.

Samnang said that for very poor families who are not able to build a new house, the provincial Red Cross will help them to build a four metre by six metre corrugated-tin house.

However, he added: “This incident did not cause any casualties. Most of the houses were built with galvanized iron and the impact was not serious.”

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology on November 17 issued a weather warning that between November 18 and today Cambodia would be affected by high pressure from northern China and a weak monsoon.

National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Khun Sokha called on all people, especially those in the provinces with traditionally built houses, to be more vigilant about natural phenomena.

“Most of our houses in the countryside are built with wood, zinc or traditional Khmer materials, such as tiles which can be vulnerable to wind,” he said.

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