So far in 2009, 50 fires
have occurred in 10 cities and provinces throughout Cambodia, an
official at the National Committee for Disaster Management said
Tuesday. Chao Lay, assistant to Ly Thuch, who is the second deputy
president of the committee, said 650 houses, 230 stores and 60 tonnes
of unhusked rice have been destroyed by fire this year, which also
caused nine deaths and injuries to five people.