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Weather disasters kill 114, injure 204 in nine months

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Rainstorms destroyed a house recently. Police

Weather disasters kill 114, injure 204 in nine months

At least 114 people have been killed and 204 injured by rainstorms, lightning strikes and floods in the first nine months of this year, the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) spokesman Keo Vy told The Post on Monday.

Vy said the figures had fallen about 20 per cent from the same period last year, which saw 163 people killed and 224 injured.

During the period, he said, rainstorms had killed nine people, injured 118, destroyed 1,595 houses and moderately damaged another 13,067.

Strong winds had destroyed 68 stalls in coastal areas and damaged 129 public buildings such as schools, commune halls, health centres and administrative police stations, he said.

Lightning strikes killed 85 people and injured 75. They also killed 86 animals and damaged 10 houses, he said, while floods killed at least 20 people and injured 11.

“This year, floods started early in September, which is more than one month later than last year. Moreover, the loss of lives, as well as crop damage, has also noticeably decreased compared to the same period last year,” Vy said.

In the same period last year, floods killed 61 people, injured 123 and damaged 54,495ha of rice fields and 11,385ha of other crops, he said. However, floods persist in provinces in lower-elevation areas.

Cambodia still “suffers” from the influence of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) as well as South China Sea winds, said the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.

Medium to heavy rains will continue until October 11 in provinces near the Vietnam border and lower elevations.

On Monday, the Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities temporarily closed some roads due to flood risks.

Provincial Department of Public Works and Transport director Koem Sovann ordered the closure of National Road 268A - the road to Ang Trapaing Thma reservoir and a tourism site - from Prey Moan village to its intersection with National Road 6.

The road was flooded in four places, he said. “To prevent any further damage, the authorities decided to temporarily close traffic until the floodwater receded.”

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