Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said ministries tasked with handling natural disasters must continue prioritising the safety of villagers affected by recent floods.
Speaking to thousands of garment workers in Kandal province, Mr Hun Sen also ordered the National Bank to temporarily cease interest charges on those affected by the floods and delay the collection of debt owed.
“Please understand that their payments could be delayed because they are in a difficult position,” he said. “Their crops were damaged, please don’t confiscate their property.”
Mr Hun Sen said the Agriculture Ministry must provide rice and vegetable seeds to mitigate the impact of the floods. He said the seeds would help farmers replant their crops and regain their finances.
As for the Public Works Ministry, he ordered officials to repair damaged roads, while the Health Ministry was ordered to provide medications.
“It’s not only Cambodia that suffers from natural disasters, but other countries in the world are also facing the same issues,” he said. “No one could prevent natural disasters from happening.”
Mr Hun Sen noted that his government has not asked the international community for aid. He said that the government is solely dependent on its own resources to tackle its problems.
“We haven’t asked the international community to help us because we now have the ability ourselves,” he said. “But the government must use the budget of other sectors in order to help villagers affected by the floods.”
The National Committee for Disaster Management said in a report that the provinces of Kratie, Stung Treng, Tboung Khmum, Kampong Cham, Prey Veng, Battambang and Kandal were severely hit by floods recently.
The NCDM said that 18 people have died and thousands more have been displaced.
Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said that the country will need $75 million to restore damaged roads.