Rainy season comes with warning

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The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology is urging Cambodians to be prepared for unseasonal storms. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The rainy season will start in the first week of May, with heavy rain, storms and thunder, the Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry predicts.
Some areas on the plains face high risks from heavy rain in the middle of the season.
The forecast says that from May to June, the minimum temperature will be 23-25C with a maximum of 34-36C. Rainfall may range from average to strong.
However it said thunder, lightning and storms, especially in the central plains, were likely to be less severe than last year.
The ministry added that for the middle of the rainy season from July to September, the minimum temperature will be 22-24C with a maximum of 32-34C and average to strong rainfall.
Plains may face a high risk of flooding, especially next to waterways and near mountains.
During October and November, the minimum temperature will be 20-22C and the maximum 30-32C, with lower than average to average rainfall.
The rainy season should end in the second week of November.
In the short term, the ministry urged people to be careful about thunderstorms from Sunday to the following Saturday, especially in Pailin, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Preah Vihear provinces.
Um Rina, director of the general department of water resources and meteorology, said that tracking and analysis showed weather this year would be better than 2016 and 2015 in terms of temperatures, rain and natural phenomena.
He said, “First, during the dry season between March and April, the highest temperature was only 36 degrees Celsius compared with 2015 and 2016 when the temperature was up to 40 or 41 degrees Celsius.
“This low temperature occurred due to a lot of pre-season rain which reduced the temperatures.”
Mr. Rina called on local authorities and citizens, especially in rural areas, to be careful of natural phenomenon that can occur during the rainy season and to prepare to begin cultivating crops because rainfall will decrease from the average level that is favorable to farmers.
Unseasonal rain and storms damaged houses this month and in March.
Takeo province’s Tram Kak district police chief Duk Thiya said a storm on Tuesday damaged five homes in Trapaeng Chouk and Prey Takhab villages.
Four of the houses were wrecked but no one was hurt.
In Takeo province’s Prey Kabbas district, a storm damaged four houses. Local authorities helped repair them, Takeo provincial police said on their Facebook page.
Last month and this month, there were also thunderstorms and rain in provinces including Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Ratanakkiri and Pursat, causing many injuries and dozens of houses to be damaged.

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