New Year Storms Rock Provinces

Source: Khmer Times / Monday, 18 April 2016 by Mom Kunthear

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Storms ravaged homes in Mondulkiri and Banteay Meanchey provinces on Sunday, causing massive amounts of structural damage and injuring three children. Supplied

Three sisters were injured and nearly 100 houses destroyed when storms hit Mondulkiri and Banteay Meanchey provinces on Sunday, according to officials.
One of the three girls injured was seriously hurt after the house she took refuge in collapsed, according to a district police officer from Mondulkiri’s Pich Chrea Da district who asked to remain nameless.
“Their parents left to work and left three children at home, but the rain and heavy storms that occurred for about half an hour hit their house and caused it to fall down and crush them,” the officer said, adding that the girls were sent to a referral hospital for treatment.
He added that the storm destroyed nearly 60 houses in two neighboring communes, mostly those with thatched roofs.
“We went down to distribute some aid to those villagers whose houses were hit by the storm and we advised them to be careful during the rains in order to avoid accidents,” he said. “This is the first rainstorm so far this year in my district.”
Elsewhere, in Banteay Meanchey’s Preah Netr Preah district, more than 30 houses were damaged by the storm.
According to a district police report, authorities in the district’s Brasath commune built temporary shelters for residents affected by the storm, while damage reports have been sent to the provincial governor requesting aid and assistance with house reconstruction.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, more storms could be on the way. Between April 19 and 22, Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Oddor Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom and Kratie provinces could see rain, thunderstorms and lightning.
“So please everyone, pay high attention and be careful in order to avoid any accidents,” the statement added.

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