Ongoing Flash Floods Claim 43 Lives

AKP Phnom Penh, October 27, 2020 —

The death toll from the ongoing flash floods rose to 43, most of them are in Banteay Meanchey northwestern province, according to a new report of the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).

From Sept. 1 to the evening of Oct. 26, 2020, the flash floods have affected 121 cities/districts/Khan in 20 of the 25 provinces and capital city – Phnom Penh, Pursat, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Svay Rieng, Thbong Khmum, 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 148,597 families or 594,388 people have been affected, of them 11,895 families or 47,580 people have been evacuated to the safety grounds, it added.

Besides, 133,203 houses, 951 schools, 307 pagodas, 272,263 hectares of rice fields, 96,945 hectares of subsidiary crops, and many roads, bridges, canals have been flooded and damaged.

Competent authorities at all levels have been actively taking necessary measures to timely assist the victims so as to reduce to the maximum the difficulties and the impact on people’s properties and lives.

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen last week visited and distributed relief to some 30,000 flooded-affected people in different districts of the worst flood-hit Banteay Meanchey province.

By C. Nika