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Thunderstorms and extreme temperatures expected

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A man fixes his roof damaged in a storm. MoW

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has called on residents, especially in six northwestern provinces to be cautious of thunderstorms. Reports indicate in the last two months this year, one person has been killed and more than 60 houses have been damaged.

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They notified the weather conditions yesterday showed low pressure on the ground and high pressure at great altitudes. This situation will cause days to be extremely hot with lowland areas experiencing minimum temperatures of 26 to 27 degrees and maximum temperatures of 37 to 39 degrees Celsius.

Provinces in the northeastern highlands and coastal areas will have a minimum temperature of 26 to 28 degrees and a maximum of 34 to 37 degrees Celsius.

Some parts in the six provinces, including Oddar Meanchey, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Pailin, Battambang, and Preah Vihear provinces, will have low to moderate levels of rainfall mixed with thunderstorms.

“Please take care of your health during these extreme hot weather conditions. Continue to be cautious of thunderstorms, especially in the northwestern provinces from today to March 21,” the ministry added.

Chan Youttha, Water Resource Ministry spokesman, said yesterday during this month, there will be occasional rains continuously with some thunderstorms, especially in the northwest, coastal areas and northern highlands.

“In the past, thunderstorms have affected schools and houses of some people in Prey Veng, Banteay Meanchey and Battambang provinces,” he said.

Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said yesterday earlier this year, 17 cases of thunderstorms occurred in Takeo, Kampong Speu, Prey Veng, Mondulkiri, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, Banteay Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Battambang, Siem Reap and Oddar Meanchey provinces, where three houses completely collapsed. Reports of damaged roofs were filed for 60 houses, a commune headquarter, a school building and a chicken farm.

“This natural phenomenon has killed one person due to lightning in Takeo province’s Tram Kak district, but no one else has been injured,” he said.

Mr Keo Vy called on the people to be cautious and prepare in advance to prevent this phenomenon.

“Earlier this year, the NCDM leaders inspected and disseminated information to the provinces around the Tonle Sap along the Mekong River and the coastal provinces to remind citizens and local authorities to be alert for any natural phenomenon related to the increase of heat in the dry season, water shortage, and thunderstorms which may occur.

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