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Storm injures two, damages buildings in Kratie

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A home damaged by a storm

Two people were hurt and more than 200 buildings were damaged yesterday when a storm struck three communes in Kratie province’s Snuol district.

District Governor Kong Kimny said the storm happened at about 1am yesterday in Snuol, Pi Thnou, and Sre Cha communes and destroyed or damaged 198 houses and three schools.

“During the incident, two people also suffered minor injuries,” he noted.

Mr Kimny said the storm damaged 237 hectares of land used for growing cashew, rubber and pepper and caused a power cut in Snuol commune.

“On Thursday [today], provincial authorities, the Cambodian Red Cross and donors will visit and help those affected by this natural disaster,” he said

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology on Monday called on the public and relevant authorities to be on alert for thunderstorms and lightning strikes until Sunday.

It noted that there will be average-to-heavy levels of rainfall in 13 provinces, including Kratie.

“Please continue to be careful about thunderstorms and heavy rains from August 1 to 4, especially in coastal areas which will experience large waves caused by strong winds,” the ministry said. “The water levels in rivers will also rise.”

Keo Vy, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, recently said as many as 234 storms occurred in the Kingdom between January and June, destroying 1,183 houses and slightly damaging 9,818.

He said 88 administrative buildings and thousands of hectares of crops were also affected.

Mr Vy said storms so far this year have killed four people and injured another 77.

He noted that the number of houses affected by storms had doubled when compared to the same period last year.

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