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Flood relief sites readied in at-risk provinces

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A previous flood in Tboung Khmum province. Koh Santepheap

Tboung Khmum authorities announced they are preparing evacuation sites across 10 hectares of land at high risk of flooding in preparation for the rainy season, in case evacuations are needed.

Tboung Khmum governor Cheam Chansophorn said at a press conference at the Council of Ministers office yesterday provincial authorities are preparing evacuation sites which will have clean water and electricity facilities for evacuees.

He said when the floods end, the victim’s will return home.

“The sites will be a home-away-from-home for them during the floods, but they will return when the floods end and it is safe,” he said.

He said the evacuation sites prepared are not only for flood victims but can be used for any natural disaster relief.

“People who suffering from riverbank collapses or any natural disaster can stay temporarily at the evacuation sites,” he said.

He said there are currently two districts – Tboung Khmum and Krouch Chhmar – suffering from riverbank collapses.

“Every year people suffer because of riverbank collapses, which affects livelihoods and travel in the area,” he said.

Peam Chileang commune chief of Tboung Khmum Houy Leanghout said he is glad to know that the provincial authorities are well prepared.

“The evacuation sites covering at-risk communities are a good measure by the authorities and will offer safe relief during the rainy season, should they need it,” he said.

“In my commune, we suffer from flooding every year. People need a safe place to go, so the prepared sites will offer welcome relief,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference at the Council of  Ministers on Tuesday, Stung Treng provincial hall spokesman Men Kong said the province continues to suffer from flooding in the upper regions due to overspill from neighboring provinces.

He said the Stung Treng authority will also prepare 120 evacuation sites to deal with flood evacuees.

In May, the National Committee for Disaster Management put in place an action plan to prepare for flooding during the rainy season, as forecasts indicate that this year’s water level may be higher than last year.

The committee’s leader allocated roles and responsibilities to subordinates, including preparing over 700 armed forces, police personnel and rescue equipment to help people affected during the floods.

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