Tropical storm Khanun is to travel across Vietnam to Cambodia this week, bringing heavy rain and the threat of floods from tomorrow until Thursday.
Water Resources and Meteorology Minister Lim Kean Hor issued an announcement warning the public and officials to brace for the bad weather.
“Provinces in central lowland and highland areas including Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmom and Kratie provinces will experience average to heavy rain until Thursday,” he said.
“Coastal areas will also experience rain until Wednesday. The public and local authorities must be careful, especially fishermen and passengers at sea.”
Three people meanwhile drowned in flooding in Banteay Meanchey province on Thursday.
According to a National Police report, a 50-year-old woman fell into a canal when she was rowing her boat home after meeting friends.
“She might have been drunk because she had been drinking wine with her friends,” the report said, adding that villagers tried to help her, but she was already dead.
A boy and girl also drowned in a canal near their house when their grandmother left them with their uncle, who failed to pay attention to them.
They went for a swim in the canal and were discovered dead by the grandmother when she was unable to find them in the house.
“Some districts in Banteay Meanchey province have been flooded for two weeks due to rain and flood waters coming over the border from Thailand,” the report read, adding that more than 300 houses in Malai district were affected, as well as O’Chrove district, Poipet town, and Serei Sophorn town.
Speaking at the Asean Day on Disaster Management on Friday, the vice-president of the National Committee for Disaster Management said disaster management in Cambodia had improved over the past year.
In the first nine months of this year, more than 70 people died and more than 100 people were injured in natural disasters.
“We have managed the issues well over the past nine months,” Nhim Vanda said, adding that floods in Oddar Meanchey had been controlled, while the government and authorities had resolved all related issues.
He said the weather also favoured Cambodia this year. There was no flooding from the Mekong River despite storms, low pressure systems and heavy rain in the Mekong basin.