Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM urges measures as floods kill three



PM urges measures as floods kill three

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Military officers carry a baby as they evacuate people to higher ground. Rain-induced floods have killed three and forced another 1,100 families to leave their houses in the past week. Hun Manet’s Facebook Page

PM urges measures as floods kill three

Prime Minister Hun Sen is urging regional officials and relevant ministries to take steps to address problems related to flooding. The call came after rain-induced floods have killed three and forced another 1,100 families to leave their houses in the past week.

In a plenary meeting of the Council of Ministers on Friday, he said: “In response to flooding, ministries and sub-national administrations have to take steps to protect residents in villages. They must do whatever it takes to rescue residents and keep property damage to a minimum.”

Meanwhile, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng, who is also chairman of the National Road Safety Committee (NRSC), instructed Phnom Penh and provincial governors on Sunday to block traffic on heavily flooded roads to prevent accidents.

“If roads are flooded 3-4 decimetres, block traffic because there is a risk to human life and damage to roads,” he said.

Pursat provincial governor Mao Thonin told The Post on Sunday that he is leading forces to block some flooded roads in the province including National Road 5.

Besides blocking roads, his forces have helped deliver sandbags to block water and used boats, motorboats and army trucks to transport affected residents to higher ground.

“At this time, our authorities are still on the water. We are continuing to check out the situation and will continue to transport people as needed,” he said.

Mol Thorn, head of the Battambang Provincial Administration, told The Post on Sunday that flooded areas in Sampov Loun district and a large number of floods in Phnom Proek district had subsided, but in Kamrieng district, water still flooded houses, ruined crops and killed animals.

“Our authorities are busy helping take residents to higher ground and providing food, tents and medicine,” he said.

Thorn said lorries have been banned since Sunday to protect roads, including National Road 5, until waters recede.

Banteay Meanchey provincial governor Um Reatrey said rain and floodwaters flowing from streams in Thailand had flooded houses in Malai, O’Chrou and Mongkol Borei districts.

“Emergency steps are in place to evacuate residents from flooded areas. We have to think of residents’ safety first,” he said.

A primary report from the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) seen by The Post on Sunday noted rain-induced floods in the past week have killed three and another 1,100 families were forced to leave their houses.

The report stated that from October 1-10, floods have damaged roads in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kandal, Svay Rieng, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey and Stung Treng.

Flooding has damaged nearly 20,000 houses, affected over 38,000ha of rice crop and over 34,000ha of cash crops and damaged 33 schools.

According to the report, Battambang province has been the hardest hit. Authorities have evacuated 498 families. In Pursat, 279 families were evacuated and 285 in Banteay Meanchey.

NCDM spokesman Khun Sokha said rain-induced floods do not generally cause serious damage and the floods do not last long.

He said according to the forecast by the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, river waters are not likely to flood low-lying areas.

Authorities are also scrambling to to store water for the dry season.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese