Flash floods hit 23 residencies in Palin

Source : Khmer Times

One of the flooded homes hit by flash floods in Pailin province. Fresh News

More than 20 houses were hit by floods from torrential rain in Pailin province’s Sala Krao district yesterday, prompting authorities to evacuate villagers.

Srey Chan Eng, director of the provincial information department, said that on Sunday night two hours of heavy rain caused flooding in the district’ Sala Krao and Andoung communes.

“Twenty-three houses are flooded and 80 meters of the street is under water,” he said. “Authorities came to help the villagers immediately to transport their property in the houses to safe places.”

According to the Ministry of Water Resources, heavy rain dropped about 80 millimetres of water in Sala Krao district, causing some areas to be flooded.

Meanwhile in Phnom Penh, heavy rains yesterday caused flooding in Chhbar Ampov district’s Veal Sbov commune.

District Governor Cheng Monira said authorities visited affected villagers and provided help.

Minister of Agriculture Veng Sakhon yesterday visited Battambang province’s Sangke district to check on rice fields and crops affected by recent floods.

According to a report by the provincial agriculture department, more than 30,000 hectares of rice fields and 1,000 hectares of land growing other crops were affected in the floods.

The Water Resources Ministry last week announced that the country will experience rainfall until September 26 and provinces along the central lowlands are expected to be flooded.

According to a National Committee for Disaster Management report, 52 people have thus far died in recent floods across the Kingdom.

Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen called on the authorities to pay attention to restore infrastructure and irrigation systems destroyed by floods.

“We need to restore those destroyed infrastructures, irrigation system, wells, and canals,” he said.



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