Families evacuated as flood waters rise

Source: Khmer Times

Nearly 200 local officials helped evacuate about 300 families. Supplied

More than 300 families in Banteay Meanchey province’s Malai district were evacuated yesterday after their houses were inundated by floods.

Other provinces were also affected by flooding as a low-pressure weather system crosses the country.

Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy police chief Sith Los said the families were given help to move to safety.

“The flood situation was better at 3pm today after two days of heavy rain. The water started to go down steadily. No one was killed or injured,” he said.

Nearly 200 police, military police and local officials were watching and following up on the flooding to bring timely help to people, he said.

Two days of heavy rain led to floods in four communes. Supplied

He added that the flood-affected communes were Toul Pongro, O’Sampor, Malai and Beoung Beng.

Tem Morn, Toul Pongro commune chief, said more than 100 families were evacuated after their houses flooded.

He said that the authorities were staying with the villagers to help them.

“We won’t allow anyone to be injured or die, and now the water is going down,” he said. “We will send them back home when the water levels have gone down to normal.”

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology yesterday urged people to suspend travel to basins, valleys, canals and rivers.

Flooding and rain is affecting parts of provinces including Mondulkiri, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, Tbong Khmum, Kratie, Battambang and Pailin.

The Apsara Authority reported that some trees in the Angkor area were toppled by wind on Sunday. Authorities moved the trees so that traffic would not be disrupted.

It urged the public and tourists to take care, especially during heavy rain, and not shelter under big trees.

Heavy rain and flooding are expected across the country until Tuesday of next week.

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