Flood deaths rise to 44

Source : Khmer Times

Flood victims receive aid from the Cambodian Red Cross. Photo: AKP

The National Committee for Disaster Management on Monday reported that in the first eight months of this year, 138 people died in natural disasters, including an alarming 44 people from recent floods slamming the Kingdom.

The NCDM also noted that more than 50,000 people have been displaced so far this year.

NCDM vice president Nhim Vanda said on Monday that residents across the country should continue to be wary of floods, strong winds and lightning strikes.

“From September until October 8, storms could still appear and floods could still occur,” Mr Vanda said. “We are watching the development of weather patterns closely.”

The report noted that 88 people died after being struck by lightning, 44 people died in floods and six died due to strong winds.

The report added that in all of 2017, 105 people were killed by lightning, storms and floods, and that at least 70 of them were killed in their homes or while seeking shelter under trees.

Last month, Prime Minister Hun Sen urged ministries tasked with mitigating damages caused by natural disasters to prioritise the safety of residents affected by strong weather, including floods.

Mr Hun Sen said that the Agriculture Ministry must provide seeds in order to compensate for damaged crops.

Last week, the Health Ministry issued safety guidelines to prevent diseases from occurring in the wake of the floods.

The guidelines include eating well-cooked food, drinking clean water and regularly washing with soap.

“By implementing these guidelines, you can avoid diseases,” said Health Minister Mam Bun Heng at the time. “If you’re already displaying symptoms of an illness, quickly go to the closest hospital.”

Uy Sam Ath, director of the Cambodian Red Cross’ disaster management department, said yesterday that aid has been handed to those who suffered the most.

A mobile clinic set up to aid flood victims. Swift News

Provisions such as rice, clothing, medicine and mosquito nets were distributed to many displaced residents, Mr Sam Ath said.

He noted that the CRC has been having difficulties in reaching some of the impacted areas in the provinces of Preah Vihear, Pursat and Oddar Meanchey.

Mr Sam Ath said that NGOs, ministry officials and private companies are encouraged to donate aid to those affected by natural disasters.

“The CRC still has the ability to hand out aid to the victims,” he said. “The CRC will always help and we won’t leave them behind.”

 

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