Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Floods take toll on Phnom Penh

The government has issued flash-flood warnings after heavy rain and strong winds sank boats, felled trees, destroyed homes and flooded all eight districts in the capital.

A statement signed by Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor said that low atmospheric pressure would see flooding continue through Wednesday in all lowland areas – including Phnom Penh – as well as in the provinces of Kampong Speu, Prey Veng and Svay Rieng.

“According to the above situation, the ministry would like to appeal to local authorities and people in the provinces and seawater fishermen to pay attention and be very careful in order to avoid any danger that would occur incidentally,” the statement read.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Touch Naruth said that more than 3,000 civilian and military police officers would be deployed to assist those affected by floods.

“Now, the floods have hit everywhere – in all districts in the city. We are very concerned about our people’s security, safety and their health,” he said.

Photo by: Sovan Philong / Phnom Penh Post

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