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Thousands evacuated as floods devastate northwest Cambodia

Publication Date : 19-09-2012

 

Thousands of people have been evacuated from Poipet in northwest Cambodia as floods inundated the border town after several days of heavy rain, officials said.

Nhim Vanda, first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management, said at least 1,500 houses had been flooded and 1,000 families evacuated.

He said floods from Thailand had also inundated Ou Chhrov and Malai districts in Banteay Meanchey as well as Pouk district in Siem Reap where 4,000 hectares of rice were affected.

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has forecast heavy rains and strong winds until the weekend, with flood warnings in Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap and Kampong Speu.

Flooding last year killed about 250 people and caused an estimated US$1.2 billion in damages.

 

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