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Flood warning continues to linger in Pursat

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The Department of Water Resources and Meteorology in Pursat province yesterday said that a flood warning is still in place despite a slight decrease in the water level in Pursat river.

Department director Keo Vey yesterday said the water level in Pursat river continues to decrease but that it is still at a risky level.

“The water level decreased from 4.92 metres to 4.85 metres, but it is still at a dangerous level,” Mr Vey said. “The water level keeps going down and we hope tonight or tomorrow [Wednesday], the water level will be back to normal.”

Mr Vey said officials will continue to monitor the situation.

Pursat city Governor Chab Neang yesterday led officials to distribute aid to people affected by floods, noting that some people were heavily affected and could not leave their homes to go to the market to obtain food or go back to work.

“The aid will help them for a short time until the water has gone down,” Mr Neang said, adding that the houses of 122 families in two villages in Phteah Prey commune were flooded.

Since last week, several provinces have experienced heavy rainfall, including some provinces which were heavily affected, including Preah Sihanouk, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri and Battambang.

Four people have died due to floods, including three people in Preah Sihanouk province and one girl in Ratanakiri province.

Keo Vy, National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman, yesterday said that water levels in all affected provinces have started to go down.

“Flood waters in those provinces have gone down, and only water levels in the rivers in Battambang and Pursat provinces are still high,” Mr Vy said, noting that people have not been badly affected.

Mr Vy said he has not calculated the figures of the damages from the floods, adding that provinces have not submitted reports yet.

The Communicable Disease Control Department over the weekend published a series of instructional videos for residents on how to protect themselves from diseases during floods, as well as how to avoid drowning and snake bites.

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