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Floods kill 11 in four provinces

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Floods overtake homes and shops. MOWR

Flooding since early this month have caused the deaths of 11 people and injured two others in four of five affected provinces.


The affected provinces are Kratie, Stung Treng, Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum and Preah Vihear.

Keo Vy, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, yesterday said 80,679 families were affected, of which 9,817 were evacuated to safer places.

“Eleven people died, five of whom were children, and two were injured by snake bites,” he said, noting that four people died in Kratie province, five in Kampong Cham, one in Tboung Khmum and another in Preah Vihear.

Mr Vy was unable to provide details on when or where other fatalities occurred, but said that one person died in Preah Vihear province on September 6.

He said the floods also affected 219 schools, 142 pagodas, 26 health centres, 26,448 hectares of rice fields and 3, 224 hectares of other crops.

“Floodwaters in the five provinces have started to recede, but two other provinces, Kandal and Prey Veng, face flooding due to heavy rainfall,” Mr Vy added.

He said that authorities will evaluate the damage to crops in order to submit requests to relevant institutions to assist affected farmers when the waters recede.

Meanwhile, Kampong Chhnang province’s Kampong Leng district administration on Tuesday announced the temporary closure of a 40 kilometre stretch of Road 50C, which connects the district to Stung Sen city in Kampong Thom province, after flood water levels rose due to Mekong river floods.

Motorists drive through floods in the Kingdom. MOWR

“Due to flooding, the authorities have decided to ban traffic and villagers from using the stretch until the water recedes,” it said.

The Kampong Cham provincial administration yesterday also announced the temporary closure of the stretch of Road 71 C, which connects Chamkar Loeu district to Stung Trang district, due to floods after water in Mekong River overflowed.

It banned people from using the stretch to prevent accidents due to road damage.

Un Chanda, provincial governor, yesterday inspected the road and told the villagers to stop using it until the water recedes.

During the Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that the government is providing 1,000 tonnes of rice and cash aid of nearly $500,000 to the National Committee for Disaster Management to distribute to people who may be affected by floods.

“Relevant ministries, institutions and all local authorities in flood-prone provinces, especially Stung Treng, Kratie and Kampong Cham where the water level has reached danger levels, should be prepared to intervene when the floods hit,” Mr Hun Sen said. “Authorities in Preah Vihear and Kampong Thom provinces should also be on alert for riverbank collapses and other risks, during heavy rains which cause flooding.”

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