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Floods continue in multiple provinces

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The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology yesterday said that heavy rain has continued to fall in multiple provinces including Preah Vihear, Pursat, Kep, Mondulkiri, Kampong Cham and Phnom Penh.

The ministry added that major floods have hit Preah Vihear’s Rovieng district in Reab Roy commune.

Say Det, Rovieng district police chief, said that 20 families in Reab Roy commune have been affected by rising water from a nearby canal due to the rain.

“The authorities evacuated the 20 families to safety,” he said.

In Pursat’s Veal Veng district, floods in some areas have hampered villagers’ day-to-day activities.

Theang Leng, district police chief, said that six homes have been damaged due to the floods.

“No one was injured, but floods came during heavy rain over the past few days,” Mr Leng said. “It will recede soon if the rain stops. Authorities are warning people now.”

Kampong Cham Provincial Hall yesterday said that 22,335 families have been affected by the floods. It added that a total of 1,899 people were evacuated.

The Agriculture Ministry yesterday said that more than 3,000 hectares of paddy rice were destroyed in Stung Treng, Kratie, Kampong Cham and Tboung Khmum provinces.

Hean Vanhan, director of the General Directorate of Agriculture, said that the ministry began distributing seeds to farmers whose fields were affected by the floods.

“Some areas were hit worse than others,” Mr Vanhan said. “Officials are trying to send seeds to farmers so they could begin cultivating again.”

Keo Vy, National Committee for Disaster Managmeent spokesman, said that a total of eight people have died in Stung Treng, Kratie and Kampong Cham.

Mr Vy said that a total of 39,243 families have been affected, with 4,959 families evacuated to 53 locations across five provinces.

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