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More than 120 homes destroyed by storm

More than 120 homes destroyed by storm

A rainstorm razed around 120 houses in Banteay Meanchey’s Thma Puok district’s Phoum Thmey and Kouk Romiet communes on Wednesday, and damaged a market and a school in the area, local authorities confirmed.

The storm, which hit the two communes in the afternoon, knocked down 126 houses and partly destroyed the roofs of the Boeung Trokuon Market and a school building located in Kouk Romiet commune, said Thma Puok district police chief Yort Saria.

“At the moment, our authorities are intervening to help the victims through gathering broken stuff and repairing the houses for them,” Saria said. “But no one was hurt.”

According to Thma Puok District Governor Pleak Vary, this is the second time that a rainstorm has caused severe damage to residents’ houses and other infrastructure.

“However, this time is less severe than the previous one since it did not hurt anyone,” Vary said. “Also, the houses that were affected in Kouk Romiet commune are small and medium [sized] . . . and not as big as the houses knocked down by the last storm in Thma Puok and Komrou commune.”

On April 29 last year, a rainstorm injured five people and knocked down more than 300 houses in the district. It also demolished the Thma Puok Market and blew off the roofs of two schools and another two buildings located at the local pagoda.

Local authorities and members of the Red Cross have been delivering food and supplies for the victims, Vary said.

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