NA President Offers Emergency Supplies to Flood-Hit Areas

AKP Phnom Penh, October 18, 2020 —

National Assembly President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin has offered 200 tonnes of rice and other emergency supplies to six provinces and the Municipality of Phnom Penh.

“I urge parliamentarians to closely monitor water levels,” he told National Assembly members and Senators who gathered at his residence in Khan Chamkar Mon on Sunday morning.

Samdech Heng Samrin highlighted the need to “rescue people in a timely manner from vulnerable areas and conserve food supplies in the days ahead.”

He also urged people to “maintain hygiene and closely follow precautions to avoid COVID-19.”

Samdech Heng Samrin said Phnom Penh was receiving 40 tonnes of rice and 600 boxes of noodles.

Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Kampong Speu are each getting 30 tonnes of rice and 600 boxes of noodles while
Kandal and Pailin are each receiving 20 tonnes of rice and 204 boxes of noodles

Pursat has been allocated with 30 tonnes of rice and 100 boxes of canned fish.

Samdech Heng Samrin said the six provinces and Phnom Penh are also each receiving 200 boxes of drinking water.

Organisers said the supplies were donated by individuals following flash floods — which had claimed 20 lives including six children as of Saturday.

“I would like to thank all charitable people who donated money to the government to rescue people from flood-affected areas,” Samdech Heng Samrin said.

In addition to Phnom Penh, the floods have affected 19 of the country’s 25 provinces since Sept. 1.

Almost 250,000 people have been affected of whom almost 27,000 had been evacuated as of Saturday.

The floods have damaged around 59,000 houses, 460 schools, 170,000 hectares of rice fields and 73,000 hectares of other crops.

The flash floods have accompanied heavy rains at the end of this year’s wet season which has otherwise been notable for Mekong water levels falling to record lows.

Data from the Mekong River Commission showed Mekong water levels at Stung Treng, Kratie and Kampong Cham well below their lowest levels in 60 years in mid-September.

But Mekong water levels in the provinces have risen sharply this month and were well above or around long-term averages for this time of the year as of Saturday.

Photos: Lem Samean

By Sao Da