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Man found days after Battambang landslide

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Rescue team found one of the villager who was buries after the landslide in Battambang province. Battambang Police

One of two people who went missing after a flood hit Battambang province’s Samlot district near the Cambodian-Thai border on Monday was found yesterday in Thai territory.

Sao Sameth, Samlot district governor, yesterday said that Thean Kuy, 17, was found with serious injuries and sent to hospital for treatment.

Mr Sameth said Cambodian and Thai authorities cooperated to search for two Cambodian men who disappeared on Monday after a flood hit a forest area near the border and caused a landslide.

“We found him in Thailand, about two kilometres from the border, and we have taken him back into our country,” Mr Sameth said. “The landslide hit him and he suffered injuries on his head and chest. He can speak a little bit.”

He added that authorities are still searching for the second missing victim, who is also suspected to be in Thai territory.

“We do not know if the other missing man is still alive or not,” he said.

Mr Sameth said that seven people left Cambodian territory and into Thailand to find birds about two kilometres from the border. A flood hit the forest area and caused a landslide, from which several escaped safely.

In Prey Veng province, floods on Monday have affected 5,634 families, while 168 families were evacuated, according to a report by the provincial Committee of Disaster Management.

Chum Sophy, Prey Veng provincial director of Water Resources and Meteorology department, yesterday said that the flood this year is not as bad as last year.

“The water has started to recede and it did not badly affect [the province],” Mr Sophy said.

The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry has warned that 11 provinces risk flooding from heavy rainfall from Tuesday until Monday next week.

The provinces include Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Speu, Kampong Thom, Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear.

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