Cambodian PM: Helping Each Other in Times of Emergency Is the Most Important Thing

AKP Phnom Penh, October 17, 2020 —

As flash floods continue to hit the country, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen called on his compatriots to further assist the victims.

“Helping each other in times of emergency is the most important thing for us as Cambodians,” he underlined in a Facebook post this afternoon.

The Prime Minister took the opportunity to thank the authorities at all levels, the armed forces that launched joint operations to rescue people to safety grounds and appreciated all charitable people for their financial contributions to assist the flood-affected victims.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen also expressed thanks to the Cambodian Red Cross for its campaign to help the flood-hit people, and to the private sector for donating drinking water, food and other necessities for the victims.

According to a new report of the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), as of this evening, the flash floods have claimed 20 lives, including 6 children.

From Sept. 1 to Oct. 17, 2020, the flash floods have affected 71 cities/districts/Khan in 19 of the 25 capital city and provinces – Phnom Penh, Pursat, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Svay Rieng, Oddar Meanchey, Siem Reap, Takeo, Kampong Speu, Mondulkiri, Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong, Preah Vihear, Stung Treng, Kampong Cham, Kandal, Kampong Chhnang, and Kampong Thom.

A total of 61,357 families or 245,428 people have been affected, of them 7,997 families or 26,608 people have been evacuated to the safety grounds.

Besides, 59,268 houses, 459 schools, 169,081 hectares of rice fields, 73,291 hectares of subsidiary crops, and many roads, bridges, canals have been flooded and damaged.

By Heng Panha