More than 200 hectares of sugar cane plantations in Svay Rieng’s Svay Teab district were destroyed by a fire yesterday morning.
The authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze in Kokisom commune.
According to a report by the Svay Rieng fire department, the blaze started at 9am.
The plantations belong to three businessmen; Sophat Samnag, Sa Vet and Koy Thy.
“Police are looking for the reason why the fire started. The authorities struggled to extinguish the blaze because the area where it took place was very remote,” the report said.
Tep Borey, a Kokisom commune official, said the sugar cane plantations were in a rural area near the Vietnamese border, which was hard for fire trucks to access.
“Owners must take care of their plantations,” he said. “When a fire happens, it is very difficult for the authorities to intervene in remote areas. The fire truck could not arrive to extinguish it in time.”