At least eight people were confirmed injured after storms battered four provinces across Cambodia on Tuesday, leaving almost 800 houses destroyed or badly damaged.
National Committee for Disaster Management spokesman Keo Vy said that Batheay district in Kampong Cham province was the most severely affected. All eight confirmed injuries occurred in Batheay, where an ox was also killed.
Vy urged people throughout the country to be cautious as Cambodia begins to enter its months-long rainy season.
In total, 760 homes were affected, with damage also occurring in Stung Treng, Oddar Meanchey and Mondulkiri provinces.
“A little wind came first, and then a heavy rainstorm,” said Ngok Chot, a community representative of Batheay’s Troap commune, where 83 houses collapsed and an elderly woman and 8-month-old baby were seriously injured.
“Now hundreds of families are living without shelter or taking shelter with their neighbours,” he added.
Cambodian Red Cross officials have been deployed, but no aid parcels had been reported handed out yesterday afternoon.