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More than 100 homes destroyed by storms during KNY

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High winds stripped the siding off a house in the countryside. courtesy of the National Police

More than a hundred homes were destroyed or damaged by storm winds in Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap provinces during the Khmer New Year holidays.

Yot Sophal, police chief of the Phnom Srok District of Banteay Meanchey Province, reported that on April 15 heavy rains and high winds damaged/destroyed more than 90 homes within his jurisdiction. Also hit were Svay Chek District, and Monkol Borie District.

“No one was hurt by this natural disaster. Now the authorities must help repair the houses for them [the victims] to live in.”

Over 30 homes were damaged/destroyed when torrential rains and storm winds ripped through three parts of Siem Reap Province on the of Thursday morning.  The affected areas are Banteay Srey District, Thmar Pouk District, and Siem Reap town.

A fallen tree damage to a rural dwelling. Photo: courtesy of the National Police

The National Police reported no injured persons.

The Prime Minister has warned of the April storms and, paradoxically, droughts that will endanger residents’ homes and/or fields.  Local authorities are obligated to help repair harmed housing.

The National Committee for Disaster Management already counted 29 storms this year.  Lightning strikes killed three persons and injured four. The storms caused 75 houses’ destruction and damage to 440 homes, eight school buildings and 95 stalls/barns.

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