Siem Reap provincial authorities yesterday evacuated 168 families after floods hit Chikreng district on Wednesday.
Ngan Phirun, provincial deputy governor, said yesterday that authorities evacuated the families after floods hit the district’ Sangvoeuy, Anlong Samnar and Chikreng communes.
He noted they are temporarily staying at relief centres and were advised to take care of their health by drinking clean water.
On Tuesday, more than 130 families in Kampong Chhnang province’s Boribo district were evacuated from their homes after floods hit the area.
Chem Sopheak, district deputy governor, said yesterday that 38 more families were evacuated because the floods have not yet receded.
“So far, 145 hectares of rice fields have been destroyed and 300 hectares are affected by floods,” he said.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen called on authorities to focus on repairing infrastructure and irrigation systems that were destroyed during recent floods.
He noted that floods hit the whole country and destroyed farms and major infrastructure, including national roads.
“We need to repair the infrastructure, irrigation systems, wells, canals and other structures which were damaged by the floods,” he said.
The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry on Wednesday announced that the whole country will experience rainfall until September 26 and provinces along the central lowlands are expected to be flooded.
The National Committee for Disaster Management has also reported that so far 52 people have been killed during recent flooding.
NCDM spokesman Keo Vy noted on Wednesday that 24 died in Kampong Cham province, 20 in Prey Veng, four in Stung Treng, three in Kratie and one person in Tboung Khmum province.
The NCDM has reported that recent floods have affected 121,720 families and 11,000 families were evacuated to safety.