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Disaster management improved says official

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Vice-president of the National Committee for Disaster Management Nhim Vanda attended the Asean Day of Disaster Management on Friday. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Nhim Vanda, the Vice-president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said disaster management in Cambodia has been improved compared with last year.

Speaking after marking the Asean Day on Disaster Management and the International Day for Disaster Reduction at a ceremony on Friday, Mr Vanda said 105 people had been killed by disasters such as lightning, storms and floods in the first nine months of the year.

Last week, Mr Vanda said there were 159 natural disasters during the timeframe, in which at least six people were killed when houses or trees fell on them. Another 70 people were killed by lightning strikes, he added, noting lightning strikes also injured 62 people and killed 59 cattle.

“For these nine month, in Cambodia we have good management in this issue,” he said, adding that the floods in Oddar Meanchey had been controlled and the government and authorities had resolved all related issues.

He added that the weather also​​ favoured Cambodia this year. There was no flooding by the Mekong even though there were storms, low pressure systems and heavy rain in the Mekong River basin.

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