Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Speedboats to offer help

Speedboats to offer help

Speedboats to offer help

120927_01

Nhim Vanda (far R), vice-president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, shakes hands with a member of a commune-level emergency response team in Kandal province yesterday during the handover of 20 speedboats. Photograph supplied

Nhim Vanda (far R), vice-president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, shakes hands with a member of a commune-level emergency response team in Kandal province yesterday during the handover of 20 speedboats. Photograph supplied

When floodwaters next deluge the streets of Banteay Meanchey province’s O’Chrou district, speedboats may well be first on the scene.

The first of 20 rescue speedboats, donated by Caritas Cambodia, arrived yesterday, ready for action with a supply of life jackets and ropes.

The boats are sorely needed in flooded Banteay Meanchey, which last week saw 5,000 people evacuated and 40,000 hectares of crops flooded by water flowing from Thailand.

The speedboat trial, launched with the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), will continue over the next six years, with 180 communes in flood-prone areas to be given their own craft.

“We’re learning from the last year,” Caritas Cambodia director Kim Rattana said. “Some communes don’t have enough equipment. They can use it for the flood purpose and afterwards.”

Last year 250 people died across 18 provinces in the September floods, with 232,377 hectares of rice ruined.

The damage is estimated to have cost 10 per cent of the total yield.

Y Long, Mongkul Borei district governor, said that five of the 13 communes in his district were flooded since last Thursday.

“Two among the five communes are seriously affected, while 81 families were evacuated to the pagoda, a hill and their relatives’ houses,” he said.

Soon the speedboats will also be sent to communes in Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhnang, Prey Veng and Siem Reap – where the provincial prison, which endures yearly flooding, will put a boat to use.

To contact the reporters on this story: Phak Seangly at [email protected]
Kim Yuthana at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh