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One dead, dozens of homes damaged in storms

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A home damaged by a storm
A home damaged by a storm. Supplied

A woman died over the weekend as strong winds damaged more than 80 homes in the provinces of Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Pursat during a storm.

According to a Battambang provincial police report, 37-year-old Seung Chamroeun died when her home was damaged by strong winds.

“She died in her house when the storm damaged her home,” the report said.

Strong wind also damaged dozens of homes in other provinces.

Colonel Sin Narak, chief of Mongkol Borei district police in Banteay Meanchey, said strong winds on Sunday hit two districts in the province.

Col Narak said 13 houses were damaged in his district, while 34 were damaged in Malai district.

“Homes were damaged – some severely, others just slightly,” he said. “There was rain with strong winds, but luckily no one was injured.”

Additionally in Pursat province, 30 homes were damaged in Krakor district on Saturday and Sunday.

Colonel Yem Yern, chief of district police, said heavy rain was the cause of damage.

“Homes were damaged but the authorities helped them conduct repairs and gave them donations because the homeowners had suffered a natural disaster,” Col Yern said.

Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen appealed to citizens to be wary of the occasional rain and strong winds during the dry season.

Mr Hun Sen also instructed the Cambodian Red Cross, the military, and government officials to be ready to be deployed to disaster prone areas in the Kingdom in order to provide relief to vulnerable citizens.

“Do not let our people suffer, this is a problem that local people must keep track of regularly, citizens should be careful when there is wind and rain – do not neglect,” he said.

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