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Storm devastates provinces, destroys houses

Pech Sotheary / Khmer Times Share:
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Local authorities inspect damages. Battambang Administration

More than 200 homes in Battambang and Oddar Meanchey provinces were damaged on Wednesday due to a storm. No injuries or casualties were reported.

Battambang provincial governor Nguon Ratanak said yesterday the natural disaster occurred Wednesday evening causing 173 houses and other properties to collapse or suffer damages. Affected are areas in Battambang city and districts of Sampov Loun, Koas Krala, Rukhak Kiri and Moung Ruessei.

The storm damaged trees. Battambang Administration

“No one was physically harmed in the storm. Police officers have gone to help the people to repair the damages. At the same time, officials from the Cambodian Red Cross will be distributing donations for the affected residents,” said Mr Ratanak.

Meanwhile, Oddar Meanchey provincial governor Pen Kosal said yesterday nearly 30 residential houses in Samrong, Anlong Veng and Trapaing Prasat districts also suffered damages from the storm.

“Most of the houses, which were made of wood and zinc roof, belong to soldiers. Though the roofs were damaged, the impact was not so severe. Provincial authorities and the Cambodian Red Cross have brought zinc sheets for the houses of the residents,” said Mr Kosal.

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology on Tuesday said Cambodia will be experiencing low pressure system and winds from the South China Sea, which will bring average to moderate level of rainfall in the lowland and coastal provinces. The northeastern highland provinces, it said, would have low to moderate level of rainfall in the first week of April.

Chan Youttha, spokesman for the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, said yesterday some parts of Preah Vihear city were also affected by the storm on Wednesday.

“Thunderstorms will continue to be felt, especially in the northwestern lowlands and the northern plains. Therefore, I would like to call on all citizens to be vigilant,” he said.

Khun Sokha, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, could not yet confirm the total number of affected areas from the storm yesterday.

However, he has likewise appealed to all citizens, especially those in the provinces, who have traditionally built houses to be more cautious to avoid any damage to their properties.

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