Nearly 80 families flee floods

Source : Khmer Times

Villagers walk through a flooded village in Stung Treng province. Facebook

Nearly 80 families in Stung Treng province were yesterday evacuated from their homes after floods continued to hit Sesan and Siem Pang districts.

Provincial Governor Mom Saroeun said that 79 families were evacuated as Sesan river water began to flood Talat commune in Sesan district yesterday.

“The Sesan river’s water was increasing and we knew it would affect nearby residents,” Mr Saroeun said. “It damaged crops, their homes and also roads and other infrastructure.”

Meanwhile, in Kratie province, the provincial public works and transportation department yesterday said in a statement that container trucks are prohibited from using National Road 73 due to floods.

It said that the trucks were rerouted to National Road 7 temporarily.

“The authorities are preparing pumping machines to reduce the damages in cities across Kratie province,” the statement said.

Floods in Stung Treng province. Facebook

In Kampot province, floods have hit five communes in the provincial city and Tork Chhou district after non-stop rain over the last few days.

Yesterday, Health Minister Mam Bun Heng visited families in Kampong Cham province’s Prey Chhor district and provided provisions and aid to displaced families.

Mr Bun Heng said that flood victims must maintain their hygiene during the rainy season to avoid sickness and disease.

Provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun said yesterday that floods have hit his province the hardest.

Mr Chamroeun said that thousands of families have been affected and that 14 people have died, with dozens more injured. “The ministry announced that the water level in Kampong Cham will soon recede,” he noted.

The National Committee for Disaster Management said that floods have recently hit the provinces of Kratie, Stung Treng, Tboung Khmum, Kampong Cham, Prey Vang, Battambang and Kandal.

It added that a total of 18 people have died during the floods.

About 61,900 homes were damaged and 5,660 families were displaced.

 

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