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115 homes damaged in storms

Authorities in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces yesterday said that storms on Monday damaged more than 100 homes, though nobody was killed or injured.

A rainstorm, which hit Battambang at 2:30pm, damaged 103 homes, leaving 23 completely destroyed in the province’s Bavel district, district police chief Phong Sarin said yesterday.

“At the moment, 35 military and police officers are helping with repairs for those affected,” Sarin said, adding that one cow was killed.

On the same day, 12 homes were damaged by wind from a storm that began at 4pm in Banteay Meanchey’s Phnom Srok district, said York Sophal, Phnom Srok’s district police chief.

The storm mainly affected the district’s Srah Chik commune.

So far this year, storms have resulted in the deaths of at least 31 people across Cambodia, said Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management.

In addition to deaths, 1,219 homes have been destroyed, and at least 19 pagodas seriously damaged, Vy said.

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