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More villagers evacuated as floods continue

Sen David and and Ven Rathavong / Khmer Times Share:
Two tropical storms have been inundating Cambodia. KT/Ven Rathavong

Authorities yesterday evacuated 190 households in four communes within Oddar Meanchey’s Trapaing Prasat district due to severe flooding, one day after 100 families were ferried to safety in Preah Vihear province, where two people died.

National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Keo Vy said yesterday evening that the situation in both Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey seemed to be improving.

“The flood situation was more serious in Oddar Meanchey’s Trapaing Prasat district on Thursday when compared to the evacuations in Preah Vihear’s Choam Ksan district on Wednesday,” he said. “But the floods seem to be receding now and authorities have already evacuated those affected to safe places.”

Two tropical storms sweeping the region have been inundating Cambodia with heavy rains, leading to various flood warnings from provincial halls and the national government.

On Wednesday, one woman and one child died due to the floods in Preah Vihear’s Choam Ksan district, Mr Vy said yesterday.

Oddar Meanchey Governor Sar Thavy said the Cambodian Red Cross had provided aid to the families evacuated, including food.

Mal Vy, a villager evacuated in Trapaing Prasat district, said that both his house and farm were flooded.

“There are floods in our area every year, but this year seems different, it seems much more serious,” he said. “The water came so fast, and not everyone was prepared properly. I’m not worried about my house, it’s the loss of my crops that really bothers me.”

Sokha Kha, another villager, agreed with her neighbour about the severity of the floods.

“My house is totally damaged. The floods are deep, and flow so fast,” she said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday posted an alert on his Facebook page, telling villagers to be careful and aid one another with the help of local authorities.

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